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.
The Andy Griffiths Kids’ Writing Competition (Closes 20 October 2015)
Entry is open to primary school students aged 6-12 years who are residents of Australia. Write a short story of 200-400 words on the competition theme: Living in a treehouse. Only one entry permitted per person.
PRIZES: The winner will have their story illustrated by Terry Denton. The top 10 entries (including the winner) will each win an Andy Griffiths book pack including a set of signed, special edition Treehouse hardbacks.
The Young Writers Award (Closes 11 December 2015)
story, fiction or non-fiction, of up to 250 words, and the Children’s Short Story Award will require a work
of fiction up to 1000 words. You will need to include an entry form and four copies of your entry. No illustrations are required for either category.
PRIZES: The winner of each category will receive a $250 Redgum Book Club voucher. The winning story will be proofread and edited as required, illustrated and published for distribution in Australia.
The other four shortlisted entries in each category will each receive a $150 Redgum Book Club voucher and Certificate of Achievement.
All eligible entries submitted will receive a Certificate of Merit and a $10 Redgum Book Club voucher.