ACT students recognised in 2016 Redgum Book Club’s National Young Writers Award

Two Canberra students have been recognised in the first ever National Young Writers Award. The Awards were launched in 2015 by Redgum Book Club to provide a platform for young writers to find their voice through storytelling and to encourage a love of reading and writing.

Redgum Book Club was pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Awards, including:

Winner of the Children’s Picture Book category: Elanor Parkinson (12yrs) from Curtin Primary School, for her story Wolf Espionage.

Highly Commended Award: Ella Cooper (9yrs) from Ainslie Primary School, for her story Ruby’s Lost Imagination.

Senator for ACT, Zed Seselja will present the award Thursday the 17th of March at 5:00pm to Elanor Parkinson, the winner of the Children’s Picture Book award, and Ella Cooper one of the Highly Commended recipients and the youngest entrant.

“I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to present Awards that recognise and celebrate the achievements of some talented young writers. The Awards are a great way of encouraging students in the ACT and across the country to embrace their talents at a young age,” Senator Seselja said.

The winners will have their stories illustrated and published by Redgum for distribution in Australia. In addition, they will also receive a $250 Redgum Book Club voucher and a framed award certificate.

Elanor who had been tinkering with her story for over a year said that, “Writing allows her to create her own world and have control.”

Elanor’s mum, Bronwyn Milgate is ecstatic that her daughter’s dream to have a book published one day has come true.

“Elanor has always wanted to publish a book, she has stories stashed away everywhere. That she has achieved this by the age of 12 is terrific. What a great opportunity to have confirmation that her passion can go somewhere, and, that other people can appreciate her talent. That’s pretty powerful,” said Mrs Milgate.

Denny Neave, Managing Director of Redgum Book Club Pty Ltd said, “With over 800 entries nationally from young writers aged between nine to thirteen years old, it certainly appears that our talented, fledgling authors are ready to work for their chance to become a published author in Australia.”

More information on the Awards are available at