Secret Spaces Youth Writing Prize

Congratulations to the winners

29-35  age range –

1st: ‘mindfulness’ by Claire Albrecht  – $125 cash award donated by Catchfire Press

2nd: ‘a view of the gods’ by Bastian Phelan  – $100 from Hunter Writers Centre

21-28 age range –

1st: ‘space’ by Laura Cheal – Creative Wordshop 8 week course & Voiceworks pack + $125 donated by Catchfire Press

2nd: ‘Watercolour in the rain’ by Laura Kebby $100 from Hunter Writers Centre

18-21 age range –

1st: ‘Head in the Sand’ by Jasmin Thomson – NAG Youth Reference Group Award  & Voiceworks pack + $125 donated by Catchfire Press

2nd: ‘wash’ by Phoebe Carter-Swain $100 from Hunter Writers Centre

16-18 age range –

1st: ‘suburbia’ by Mia Carter-Swain – Tantrum Under 18s one term of workshops + $125 donated by Catchfire Press

Highly Commended awards:

Harry Hartog bookpack & The Press voucher ($20) – Chloe Warren – ‘consensus’

Harry Hartog Voucher $50 & Voiceworks Pack – Ivan Georgievski – ‘in the old’

The Press Voucher (1x$20) & Pulse Climbing & Voiceworks pack – Kathryn Hirneth – ‘My Secret Space’


Here are the details about the competition:

Everyone has a secret space. Whether it’s your room, the quiet spot in the park or that spot on the street where something important happened.


Hunter Writers Centre’s Youth Writing Prize is for people aged 16-35 living in the Hunter and we call for a video story on the theme ‘Secret Spaces.’

We were thrilled with the entries!

For a full list of prizes click here.

The winners were announced on Friday 28th of September, 2018 

The videos listed on this page are the prizewinning video-stories and some other pieces we felt deserved showcasing. Thank you to all creatives for your entries.




Posted by Kathryn Hirneth on Saturday, 28 July 2018

Secret Spaces was judged by:

Alison Kelly

Alison is a short story author. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (English major) at the University of Newcastle. In 2017 Alison won the Hunter Writers Centre’s Newcastle Short Story Award.

Jazzua Andrews

Jazz is a freelance writer, blogger and aspiring novelist, who works with people living with disabilities.

Prizes provided by:

Newcastle Art Gallery, Tantrum, Harry Hartog Bookseller,

The Press, National Young Writers Festival,

Pulse Climbing, The Creative Word Shop