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.

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.


Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition (Entries Close 5 July 2019)

Category for children in primary school. Enter a poem up to 60 lines long with the theme ‘Location’. Only one entry per student permitted.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:Cash prizes. See website for details.

Check out the entry requirements


 

2019 SPOOKY STORY COMPETITION (Entries close 5pm, 19 July 2019)

Youth Category: Open to children in WA and interstate aged 8 to 18. Write a spooky story up to 500 words. Theme: CHANGE. Read all the terms and conditions before entering.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

Youth (WA) first prize: $100, certificate and goody bag

Youth (WA) second prize: $25, certificate and goody bag

Youth Interstate Award: $25 and certificate

Check out the entry requirements


THREATENED SPECIES ART COMPETITION (Entries close 2 August 2019)

The competition will be open to all children in NSW,  the ACT and Victoria aged 5-12 years. Create an original artwork a painting, a drawing, or mixed media work such as a collage. Children have to research their chosen AUSTRALIAN species and write a short (50-150 word) explanation of why they chose their particular animal or plant. This explanation forms part of the competition entry requirements.

There will be eight categories of prize winners: 5-7 year olds, 8-10 year olds and 11-12 year olds, with special categories of Most Unusual Entry, Best Plant entry, Best Group-work Entry, Best Local Entry. First and second prizes will be awarded in all of those categories.  A separate prize will be awarded for the best written explanation or story of the work. A number of Highly Commended awards will also be given.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

Prizes include art equipment, gift vouchers for Westfield and Smiggle, books, and passes to Taronga Zoo and Featherdale Wildlife Park. All prize winners will have their work displayed in the exhibition.
Check out the entry requirements


HISTORICAL FICTION COMPETITION  (Entries Close 2 August 2019)

Open to all Year 5-10 students in Victoria, Australia. No theme. Write a story based on historical events and people.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: The winner of each category wins $150 and a certificate.

Check out the entry requirements on the competition’s website.


2019 1-Minute film COMPETITION (Entries close 2 August 2019)

Open to primary and highschool students in Australia and NZ. Create a film that lasts no longer than 60 seconds. Entrants may be individuals, small groups, a whole class or a whole year group.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Winner of each age category wins $500

Check out the entry requirements


Young Territory Author Awards (Entries close 23 August 2019)

Entrants must be 18 years or younger and reside in the NT at the time of entry. Age categories for primary school children include 8-years-and-under and 9-to-12-years.

Books may be fiction, non-fiction, novels, picture books, anthologies, etc. but must comply with the Book Specifications. An entry must be in book format and contain:

  • A front and back cover
  • A title page stating: the name of the book, the name of the author/s and an acknowledgement of an illustrator or other persons who have contributed to the book
  • Page numbers must be printed on each page
  • Maximum size A4 (210mm x 297mm)
  • The book should be well bound (loose papers or paper clipping may not be acceptable), written by hand or typed text.
  • An entry form

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

The Young Territory Author of the year receives $500.
The School Entry winner receives $500 for the school.
Regional area winners receive a $50 prize.
Age Category winners receive $50 voucher to the Bookshop Darwin.
Highly Commended in each age category receive a $30 voucher to the Bookshop Darwin.
Encouragement Awards in each age category receive a $20 voucher to the Bookshop Darwin.

Entries are considered in all categories they are eligible for.

Check out the entry requirements on the competition’s website


Boroondara Literary Awards (Entries close 30 August 2019)

This competitions includes a Junior Category for young people in school year levels 5-6, who live or attend school in the City of Boroondara, VIC. (Only the adults’ category is open nationwide.) Write a poem less than 100 lines long, or a story 300 to 500 words in length.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

$300, $200, $100 for first prize, second prize, and third prize winners of the short story Junior Category. And $300 and $200 for the first and second prize winners in the poetry Junior Category.
Check out the entry requirements on the competition’s website


CJ Dennis Poetry & short story Competition (Entries Close 7 September 2019)

Open to writers in Australia and New Zealand. Category for children in primary school. Enter a poem up to 40 lines long or a short story up to 500 words long. The aim of the competition is to encourage writing which celebrates the work of CJ Dennis and relates to Australia’s people, events or environment, either historical or contemporary. Poems must feature good rhyme and metre.

You must provide two hard copies of your poem and/or short story and post your entries in. Entries must be postmarked no later than 7 September 2019. Rules for entry are very specific, please read them on the entry form. YOU MUST INCLUDE AN ENTRY FORM WITH YOUR ENTRY.

ENTRY: FREE for students. (The adult category has an entry fee.)

PRIZES: $30, $20 and $10 for first prize, second prize and third prize respectively in the primary school age category.

Check out the entry requirements


Andy Griffiths Kids’ Writing Competition (Entries close 20 September 2019)

Open to all Australian primary-school aged children.

Write an original short story 200-400 words in length. Theme: If you could add one level to Andy and Terry’s Treehouse, what would it be?

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: The major prize winner with have their story framed with illustrations by Terry Denton. The Top 5 entries (including the winner) will each receive a book back from Pan Macmillan.

Check out the entry requirements on the competition’s website


2019 OXFORD AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S WORD OF THE YEAR (Entries close 20 September 2019)

Open to Australian primary school students. Write about a word that reflects your life or interests. You entry can be funny, serious or factual.

ENTRY: Schools can download an entry pack here.

PRIZES: Prizes awarded to the winning classes and individuals. Visit the website for details.

Check out the entry requirements


2019 KSP SHORT FICTION COMPETITION (Entries close 5pm, 27 September 2019)

Youth Category: Open to children in Australia aged 10 to 18. No theme. Word limit: maximum 2000 words. Read all the terms and conditions before entering. Note: entries must be POSTED in. No online entries.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

various cash prizes (see website for details)

Check out the entry requirements


2019 KSP POETRY AWARDS (Entries close 5pm, 11 October 2019)

Youth Category: Open to children in Australia aged 10 to 18. No theme. Line limit: maximum 50 lines. Read all the terms and conditions before entering. Note: entries must be POSTED in. No online entries.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

various cash prizes (see website for details)

Check out the entry requirements


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