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.


SAETA Young Writers Award  (Entries Close 24 May 2019)

Open to all South Australian students from Reception to Yr 12. No theme. Enter your poem or prose up to 1000 words.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Unspecified

Check out the entry requirementshttps://www.aate.org.au/saeta-content/writers/young-writers-award


Write for your School Competition  (Entries Close 26 May 2019)

Open to students in Victoria, Australia. In recognition of Education Week 2019 students are invited to create a short story about “Celebrating Careers” to be in with a chance of winning $1000 cash for your school.

Age groups:
08 – 11 years   500 words
12 – 15 years   1000 words
15 – 18 years   1500 words

PRIZE: $1000 awarded to the school of the winner for each category.

Check out the entry requirements


Tim Winton Award for Young Writers (Entries Open 4 June 2019 and Close 24 June 2019)

Open to all WA school students in year 1 to 12.

Entries must be an original piece of prose writing, no more than 2000 words in length. Entries must be the sole work of the entrant.

Entries may be accepted from individuals or from teachers on behalf of their students. Entry is limited to one per person.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Unspecified, but awarded for each age category.

Check out the entry requirements on the competitions’ website


Make Your Own Storybook Competition (Closes 5pm, 7 June 2019)

Open to students from PP to Year 8 in Western Australia. This competition is organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (WA Branch).

Create a storybook or picture-book with ORIGINAL story and illustrations (i.e no alphabet books or re-tellings of fairytales etc). The book must be handbound by the child. (Binding can be as simple as staples or sewn together with thread.) There are size requirements. READ ALL the requirements before submitting to make sure that your entry is not disqualified! Entries are judged on originality, creativity, language skills and fulfillment of the entry requirements listed on the entry form/flyer.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Three prizes are awarded in each age category:

PP-2

Years 3-4

Years 5-6

Years 7-8

Prizes have not been specified.

Check out the entry requirements


2019 DOROTHEA MACKELLAR POETRY COMPETITION (Entries close 30 June 2019)

Write a poem up to 80 lines long. Each student may submit up to 3 poems. Only a teacher or parent can register a child’s poem and registration is online. OPTIONAL theme: Is there anybody there?

ENTRY: Fees apply. A school can pay a fee which covers up to 25 students. Individuals can enter on their own if their school is not submitting entries and a smaller fee will apply in this case. See site for details.

PRIZES:

TBA

Check out the entry requirements


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


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


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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