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.
One More Page FRIENDSHIP BOOK PACK Competition (Entries Close 5 November 2019)
Open to Australian residents. To enter: Simply type in (via the One More Page website) your favourite unlikely friendship in a kids’ book.
PRIZES: Book pack of two books — Beverly Right Here by Kate DiCamillo, and Tulip and Brutus by Liz Leddon & Andrew Plant.
National Geographic Kids THE WIZARDS OF ONCE giveaway (Entries Close 27 October 2019)
Answer a question on the NGK website to enter this competition. You will need to register on their site to be able to enter competitions so ask a parent’s permission before you do this.
PRIZES: Two winners will each receive a book pack of three hardback books in the Wizards of Once series.
Betty Markwell Bush Poetry Competition, QLD (Registrations Close 27 October 2019, performance is 2 November 2019)
Each competitor is to read, recite or perform a poem of their own, or a traditional poem.
PRIZES: $200 for the winner of the Junior (under 13s) section.
KidsNews Short Story Writing Competition (Entries Close 31 October 2019)
Open to Australian students in Prep to year 8. Write a short story on any topic of your choice. Entrants aged 11+, your story must be between 500 and 1000 words.
Entrants aged 10 and under, your story must be between 250 and 750 words. Parents must sign a form to state you have permission to publish and your teacher must submit the form and the short story via the school.
PRIZES: winner receives an iPad, HarperCollins book pack and has their own story published as a book for 10 family members and friends.