Calling all writers and artists! Here is a list of competitions for writing and illustrating open to children aged 12 and under. The list will be updated as often as we can. (Note: most of these competitions will be open to Australian residents only.)
Some tips when it comes to entering competitions:
- Writing comps are a good way to hone your writing skills and to work to a deadline.
- If you don’t win, it doesn’t mean your work is bad—don’t lose heart, just keep at it!
- Many writing/art competitions have free entry for kids. If there IS an entry fee, check with your parent/guardian about whether it’s a reputable competition. (Some competitions ask you to pay large amounts of money to enter, or say it is free to enter but then want you to buy a book with all the ‘winners’ writing published. It’s usually a good idea to avoid those sorts of competitions.)
- Read all the entry conditions. And read them again! You don’t want to be disqualified for going over the word limit or missing the closing date.
- We list competitions here but we are not usually affiliated with those competitions and do not necessarily endorse them. You will need to check with a parent/guardian before entering.
Roland Leach Poetry Prize (Closes 5 September 2014)
The competition aims to promote poetry in the community and to recognise and reward outstanding, original works of poetry written by children and young adults in Western Australia.
Entries are judged in the following categories
- Middle Primary – years three, four and five
- upper primary – years six and seven
- Lower secondary – years eight, nine and ten
- Upper secondary – years eleven and twelve
- Young adults – aged 18 to 25
Prizes are awarded for first, second and third in each age category. Winners receive book vouchers, a trophy and a certificate.
Child Writes competition (Closes 28 September 2014)
Open to all Australian students in primary school — child writers and illustrators.
Writers: Submit a story for a children’s picture book, up to 800 words.
Illustrators: Submit three colour A4 illustrations, showing at least three different characters and settings.
ENTRY: $15 per submission
The winning writer will be paired with the winning illustrator, to produce a book published by Boogie Books as a hard copy publication, and distributed by Child Writes. Royalties will be paid to the author and illustrator for book sales generated.
‘Writing Classes for Kids’ Story Writing Competition (Closes 31 October 2014)
Open to children under 18 living anywhere in the world. Write a story no longer than 500 words on the theme of ‘space’. (This can be any definition of space you like.) Your story can be fiction or nonfiction, but it must be written in English.
PRIZES: Ten winning entries will be published in an e-book anthology. All winners will also receive a certificate.