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.

 


CBCA ACT Branch Make Your Own Storybook Competition  (Closes 28 July 2017)

You must live in the Canberra region and attend a school that is a member of the CBCA ACT to enter this competition. (Check with your school. If you are homeschooled, you will need to contact the competition organisers.) Create a picture book or a story book that tells an ORIGINAL STORY using original text and illustrations. You must include the conventions of book production – sturdy back and front covers, title page, blurb and author profile. Maximum of one creator per book. (You cannot work on a book with a friend.)

The maximum word limit for a picture book is 500 words, and for a storybook (minimal or no illustrations) is 5000 words.
COMPLETED ENTRY FORM MUST BE TAPED FIRMLY TO THE INSIDE BACK COVER OF THE BOOK.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: unspecified.

One First Place and one Highly Commended prize will be awarded for each category.

A special ACT Field Naturalists’ Prize will also be awarded to the best illustration or story that celebrates our environment.

Check out the entry requirements and download an entry form


Little Sydney Lives Photography Competition (Closes 28 July 2017)

Open to children in NSW ages 3 to 11 (in two categories: 3 to 7 and 8 to 11). Submit best snaps of Sydney — large format landscape images (via the entry form on the competition website).

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: winner of each category wins a gift to the value of $500.

Check out the entry requirements and access the online entry form here too.


Albany Public Library Children’s Book Week Competition (Closes 4 August 2017)

Open to children in years 1–3 and years 4–6.

Theme: Escape to Everywhere.

Design a postcard for this theme. Illustrate your favourite place to escape or somewhere special you have been (on the front of your postcard.)

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Major prize of a Samsung Tablet  to the most innovative entry embracing the theme. Prizes and vouchers also awarded in each division.

Check out the entry requirements


Berkelouw Books Hornsby (NSW) Writing comp (Closes 7 August 2017)

Open all ages. Entries max 2 per person, up to 500 words per entry.

There is no set theme.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: First place: $50 voucher for Berkelouw Books, not redeemable online or in the cafe.

Check out the entry requirements


WriteOn Competition (Closes 23 August 2017)

Open to NSW students in years 1 to 6. Can be used as a whole-class teaching activity or as an individual project.

Students compose an imaginative text up to 500 words in response to a photograph stimulus.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Publication in a NSW Education Standards anthology. Other prizes unspecified.

Check out the entry requirements


KSP Short Fiction Comp (Closes 1 September 2017)

Open to Australian residents and citizens.

Students age 10+ enter a piece of fiction maximum 2000 words.

There is no set theme.

ENTRY: Kids’ entries (age 10+) are FREE

PRIZES: First place: $100; Second place, $50

Check out the entry requirements


KSP Memoir Comp (Closes 15 September 2017)

Open to Western Australian students aged 10+.

Enter a piece of writing maximum 500 words.

Theme: ‘A Day in …’ (enter your home-town or WA holiday location)

ENTRY: Kids’ entries (age 10+) are FREE

PRIZES: First place: $100; Second place, $50

Check out the entry requirements


KSP Poetry Comp (Closes 29 September 2017)

Open to Australian residents and citizens, students aged 12+.

Enter a poem, maximum 50 lines.

There is no set theme.

ENTRY: Kids’ entries (age 12+) are FREE

PRIZES: First place: $100; Second place, $50

Check out the entry requirements


The Andy Griffiths Kids’ Writing Competition (Closes 2 October 2017)

Open to primary school students who are residents of Australia. Write an imaginative short story maximum 400 words.

Theme: Living in a treehouse.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: one major prize winner will receive their story framed with illustrations by Terry Denton. The top 5 entries (including the winner) will each win an Andy Griffiths book pack containing 14 books each supplied by Pan Macmillan valued at $208.86 each.

Check out the entry requirements and access the online entry form here too.

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