Will Kostakis is an award-winning author for young adults. He’s been at it fifteen years, but his mum insists it’s just a phase and any day now, he’ll pursue a real career.
He signed his first book deal in high school. Loathing Lola was released when he was just nineteen. His contemporary novels, The First Third and The Sidekicks, warmed (then broke) hearts the world over. His first foray into fantasy, the Monuments duology, saw teenagers accidentally killing gods hidden under different Aussie high schools, absorbing their powers, and wrestling with what it means to be gods.
We Could Be Something is coming in 2023. It’s a humorous yet heart-rending look at family, fame and falling in love.
As a high school student, Will won Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories. He has since contributed to numerous anthologies, including the ABIA Award-winning Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology. As an ambassador for Australia Reads, Will released The Greatest Hit, a novella about falling in love during lockdown, stuffing it up, then stepping up to fix it.
An advocate for young readers and writers, Will was awarded the 2020 Maurice Saxby Award by the School Library Association of New South Wales for service to children’s and young adult literature.
Will is an ambassador for the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.
For information on the types of presentations and workshops he runs in schools, or if you simply want to say hey, please don’t hesitate to email Will.