Hugo Throssell Youth Award

The KSP Foundation is proud to present this brand new annual writing competition to honour Hugo Throssell VC. It is open to all students who live, or go to school, in the Shire of Mundaring. Hugo was the husband of writer Katharine Susannah Prichard. He served in the 10th Light Horse in World War I and was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery at Gallipoli. Hugo was the only Light Horseman to be awarded this medal.


The Shire of Mundaring includes the townships, villages and rural localities of Bailup, Beechina, Bellevue (part), Boya, Chidlow, Darlington, Glen Forrest, Gorrie, Greenmount, Helena Valley, Hovea, Mahogany Creek, Malmalling, Midvale (part), Mount Helena, Mundaring, Parkerville, Sawyers Valley, Stoneville, Swan View (part), The Lakes and Wooroloo.

Winners will be notified by email during term two, and invited to a formal award ceremony in December, where they will have the opportunity to read their work aloud.


Entry Form






5.00pm AWST Thursday 9 April 2020




Junior (youth 9 to 12 years)

Senior (youth 13 to 15 years)

Word Counts

Junior: Max 500

Senior: Max 700



Junior: What Anzac Day Means to Me (non-fiction essay). Entrants can refer to family members who have served or are currently serving, personal memories, historic events or anything else relevant to the topic.


Senior: Write a short story about the following photograph (creative writing). Entrants can imagine they are in the photograph, the photographer, someone looking at the photograph many years later, or write about anything else in relation to the photograph.

Photo description: Recruits of the 11th Battalion practicing marching out of Blackboy Hill Training Camp, 
Greenmount, Western Australia, 30 October 1914, before going overseas to World War 1.
This image is held by the Australian War Memorial. The accession number is P08644.002.



Conditions of Entry

Open to students who live in, or go to school in, the Shire of Mundaring. 

Work to be original, unpublished (anything that has appeared in the public arena, including self-publishing and social media, is considered published) either in print or online, not have received an award in another competition, and not under consideration elsewhere from the time of entry in these awards until the official announcement of winners.

Include Title of Entry and Author Name in the header, with all pages numbered.

Use size 12 font in Times New Roman or Arial, double-spaced. 
Limit of one entry per author.

Bulk entries: If you are submitting multiple entries on behalf of a school, family or writing group etc, you are allowed to post all entries within one envelope. However, please ensure that each entry has its own entry form, and there is only one entry per individual.
Entries to be submitted as per instructions on this webpage (see below)
Emailed entries will not be considered. Please post to 11 Old York Road, Greenmount WA 6056.
Entry will not be returned and will be destroyed after the competition, so keep a copy of your work. 
Relatives of KSP Foundation staff and board members are not eligible to enter.
Award placements are issued only by discretion of the judge in the event of a worthy winning entry. The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. 
By submitting work to this competition, the author gives permission to the KSP Foundation to publish the winning entry online or in a publication related to KSP, with the author credited.
Copyright remains with the author.
Entries which do not reflect the stated conditions as outlined on the KSP Writers’ Centre competitions webpage (see ‘How to Submit’), which are not accompanied by a fully filled Entry Form or are postmarked later than the deadline may be disqualified.

How to Submit

Download the Entry Form (see top of page), and save to your desktop or print a copy

Complete the Entry Form and Cover Sheet, ensuring all details are clearly legible

Prepare your entry: a typed document using Times New Roman or Arial size 12 font and double spacing

Ensure you include the title of entry and author name in the header

Staple the Cover Sheet to the front of your entry

DO NOT staple the Entry Form to your entry - please keep this separate

Entries must be received at the KSP Writers' Centre before or by the deadline

Hand-deliver or post entry form and cover sheet stapled with entry together to:
Hugo Throssell Writing Competition, 11 Old York Road, GREENMOUNT WA 6056



*subject to discretion of judge*

Junior Award: $50, Certificate, book and one year’s membership to the KSP Writers’ Centre

Senior Award: $100, Certificate, book and one year’s membership to the KSP Writers’ Centre

Winners invited to read their story at KSP’s End of Year Awards Ceremony

Competition Judge: Valerie Everett

Valerie is a secondary school teacher and researcher/writer. Her first book The House that Was Built in a Day: Anzac Cottage (UWA Publishing, 2007) was awarded a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2008. Valerie was the convenor of KSP’s Anzac Centenary social history book, Blackboy Hill is Calling (Wild Weeds Press, 2015). Valerie has twice won the City of Vincent’s Local History Awards and has served on the KSP Foundation board of management since 2013.

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