To celebrate the National Year of Reading, young writers (under 23) are invited to submit fiction or non-fiction works of 1500-2000 words on any topic for a chance to win $2000 in the Questions Writing Prize. The Award is sponsored by Future Leaders, an Australia- wide project designed to provide young people with inspiration and skill development for effective leadership. Entries close July 1st. More details here: http://www.futureleaders.com.au/reading/index.php
You can find tips for young writers here: http://juliefisonwriter.wordpress.com/top-tips/
Author, Dee White writes a very good blog on writing issues: http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com/
It is also worth signing up to the Sydney Writers’ Centre newsletter for writing tips and other news.