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.

 


Gabrielle Wang’s Colouring Competition (Closes 19 August 2018)

Open to children in Australia aged 7 to 12. Download the A4 colouring sheet from Gabrielle Wang’s website. Don’t copy her colours, make up your own colour scheme and decorate the trees with your own patterns.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: First prize: A signed fine art print plus a personally signed copy of A Ghost in My Suitcase. Second prize: a personally signed copy of A Ghost in My Suitcase. 


Just Kidding 2018 Australian Creative Writing Competition (Closes 31 August 2018)

Use your awesome storytelling skills to create a 500 word short story of your own on any topic you like.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: The winner in each age category will receive signed copies of their mentors’ books and a personalised congratulatory video  from their mentor.

The winning story in each category will be turned into a physical book (ten copies per winner).

Each winning story will be published in Just Kidding magazine alongside an interview with the winner.

A Penguin Random House bumper book pack featuring some of this years’ best reads.

A Penguin Random House book pack for the winner’s school library.

(Mentors are Oliver Phommavanh for the 7-8 age category, Jacqueline Harvey for the 9-10 age category, and Tristan Bancks for the 11-12 age category.)


Wombat Books Around Australia Illustration Challenge (Closes 31 August 2018)

Open to Australian school-aged students aged 5 to 18 .

Choose one or multiple places from Around Australia in 30 Places to illustrate. Use an A4-size page for each illustration. Each place must have a separate illustration (no double-page spreads). Choose places from the text here.

ENTRY: Purchase one of either  Yay! It’s Library Day or Zoo Ball (previous illustration Challenges for Wombat Books) and a copy of the receipt with your entry.

PRIZES:

Winning illustrations will be published in the book titled Around Australia in 30 Places. Winners will receive two free copies of the book and a $50 voucher to spend at Wombat Books on other titles.

Check out the entry requirements


Roland Leach Poetry Prize (Closes 1pm, 31 August 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

 


2018 Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Competition (Closes 31 August 2018)

Open to Australian school students.

  • SECTION 3: Years 5 & 6 (max lines 40). Prize $175.
  • SECTION 4: Year 4 & under (max lines 20). Prize $50.

ENTRY: $3 per entry

PRIZES:

Years 5 & 6 category $175

Years 4 and under category $50

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 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


The Grove Library Story Competition (Opens 23 July 2018 and 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


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