Competitions for kids

Boy writing. Artwork copyright Greg MitchellCalling 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 (NEW DEADLINE: Closes 1pm, 12 September 2018)

Open to students in years 3 to 12 who live in Western Australia.

A – Middle primary years three and four

B – Upper primary years five and six

C – Lower secondary years seven, eight and nine

D – Upper secondary years ten, eleven and twelve

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Book vouchers, trophy and certificate for each age category.

Check out the entry requirements


The West Australian Junior Journo Competition (Closes 7 September 2018)

Open to WA students in years 3 to 6. Become a junior journalist for the West Australian newspaper. Write an article (see competition website for options).

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: cash prizes and selected winners will have their entries published in an October issue of The West Australian.

Check out the entry requirements


2018 KSP Short Fiction Competition (Closes 7 September 2018)

Open to children 10 to 18 years who are Australian residents and citizens.

Maximum story limit: 2000 words.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

Youth first prize (prose): $100

Youth second prize (prose): $50

All winning entries offered publication in Swan Magazine.

Select entrants invited to read their story at KSP’s End of Year Awards Ceremony

Check out the entry requirements


2018 KSP Poetry Competition (Closes 21 September 2018)

Open to children 12 to 18 years who are Australian residents and citizens.

Maximum line limit: 50 lines

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

Youth first prize: $100

Youth second prize: $50

Mundaring National Young Writers encourgement award for under 14s: $25

All winning entries offered publication in Swan Magazine.

Select entrants invited to read their story at KSP’s End of Year Awards Ceremony.

Check out the entry requirements


2018 Andy Griffiths Kids Writing Competition (Closes 1 October 2018)

Open to children enrolled in primary school who are residents of Australia.

Write a short story on the theme: ‘Living in a treehouse’. The maximum word limit is 400 words. Entries may be emailed or posted (see competition website for details).

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

The one major prize winner will receive their story framed with illustrations by Terry Denton. The top 5 entries (including the winner) will each win an Andy Griffiths book pack containing 14 books each supplied by Pan Macmillan valued at $206.86 each.

Check out the entry requirements


Silver Quill Bush Poetry Competition (Written) (Closes 5 October 2018)

There is a junior category of this competition.

Maximum word limit: no line limit. No limit to the number of entries permitted.

Entries must have very good rhyme and meter and be original with an Australian theme.

ENTRY: FREE for junior category.

PRIZES:

Money prizes, but amounts unspecified.

Check out the entry requirements


2018 KSP NON-FICTION Competition (Closes 5 October 2018)

Open to children 10 to 18 years who are Australian residents and citizens.

Maximum word limit: 500 words

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

Youth first prize: $100

Youth second prize: $50

Mundaring National Young Writers encourgement award for under 14s: $25

All winning entries offered publication in Swan Magazine.

Select entrants invited to read their story at KSP’s End of Year Awards Ceremony.

Check out the entry requirements


Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition (Closes 5 October 2018)

Junior Primary and Primary categories. Short story and poetry sections.

Short story word limit: Junior 200, Primary 500 words.

Poetry line limits: Junior 12 lines, Primary 15 lines.

ENTRY: FREE for Junior Primary and Primary categories.

PRIZES: money prizes for different age categories.

Check out the entry requirements


Design a Float competition for the 2018 Christmas Pageant in Perth (Closes 10 October 2018)

Open to WA students in years K-6. Draw and design a Christmas Under the Sea float with a festive twist. West Australian Newspapers will choose their favourite bits and pieces from everyone’s designs and put them together to build a float for The West Australian, Channel 7, Media Education and ED! Magazine.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: cash prizes, and winning designers may be invited to be on The West Australian float at this year’s Christmas pageant. Plus a cool shirt.

Check out the entry requirements


The Grove Library Story Competition (Closes 28 October 2018)

Open to children who live in Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, and Mosman Park (or attend school there). Maximum word limit: 400 words. Write a story about anything you like. 

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Unspecified.

Check out the entry requirements


UN World Food Day Poster Contest. (Closes 9 November 2018)

Open to children aged 5 to 19 around the world.

Create a poster that illustrates your idea of Zero Hunger. With your parent’s permission: scan or take a photograph of your entry and submit it at The World Food Day website.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Winners will feature in an exhibition at FAO headquarters in Rome and receive a surprise gift bag and a Certificate of Recognition signed by a United Nations official.

Check out the entry requirements


2018 International Children’s Sculpture Idea Contest (Closes 30 November 2018)

Open to children under 18 years who are school students in Western Australia.

The Hyogo Children’s Centre in Japan is holding a drawing competition with the theme “My Dream”.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

Gold and silver prize winners will have their drawing or painting crafted into a sculpture that will be displayed onsite at the Hyogo Children’s Centre. Winners and guardians will be invited to Hyogo to see their sculptures revealed at an unveiling ceremony, with the associated travel costs covered.

Check out the entry requirements


Perth Voice Short Story Competition (Ongoing. Winners chosen each month.)

Be as creative as you can and write a fictional short story up to 250 words.

Email your entry to competitions@fremantleherald.com with SHORT STORY in the subject line of your email, along with your name, postal address and age.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

The winner will receive a book and have their short story published in the Perth Voice newspaper.


2019 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry competition (Closes 13 February 2019, performance takes place on 23 February 2019 in Orange NSW.)

Open to individual contestants in primary school 2019 who are able to travel to Orange NSW at their own expense. There is a written AND performance component to this competition, contestants must take part in both components. [Other age categories also available.]

  1. Poems are to be original works.
  2. Poems should generally be rhyming verse.
  3. Poems and performances are not to be offensive and must be suitable for family entertainment.
  4. Poems are to be performed by the poet, in person, at the event.

ENTRY: FREE for the primary school category.

PRIZES:

$200 first prize, $100 second prize, $50 third prize.

Check out the entry requirements [see February 2019 listings to download the entry form and info]


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