Competitions for kids

The sign says ENTERCalling 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.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Book pack of two booksBeverly Right Here by Kate DiCamillo, and Tulip and Brutus by Liz Leddon & Andrew Plant.

Check out the entry requirements. 



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.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Two winners will each receive a book pack of three hardback books in the Wizards of Once series.

Check out the entry requirements. 


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.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: $200 for the winner of the Junior (under 13s) section.

Check out the entry requirements. 


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.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: winner receives an iPad, HarperCollins book pack and has their own story published as a book for 10 family members and friends.

Check out the entry requirements. 


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