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.
Perth Writers Festival: Curated by Kids (Closes 8 November 2018)
Applications for WA children aged 10 – 12 are sought for the Curated by Kids program at the 2019 Perth Writers Festival. Ten children will be chosen to create a program of literary sessions featuring their favourite authors and illustrators at the dedicated Curated by Kids stage on Writers Week Family Day.
WINNERS: Join a team of ten children who will be involved with the Curated by Kids program at the Perth Writer’s festival 2019. Interviewing authors/illustrators, giving input on literary sessions at Family Day 2019 etc.
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.
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.
One More Page Spooky Book Pack comp (Closes 13 November 2018)
PRIZES: Winner will receive a copy of Scared To Death by Anthony Horowitz, My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen & James Foley and Beware the Deep Dark Forest by Sue Whiting & Annie White.
Walk the Bibbulmun Track Kids Writing Competition (Closes 23 November 2018)
Submit a short story up to 500 words of your adventure on the Bibbulmun Track. Stories will be judged by author Cristy Burne.
2 major prize winners will each receive a personalised signed book (Off the Track by Cristy Burne), runners-up will receive a special activity sheet, book mark and more. All entries will be published on The Bibbulmun Track Foundation website.
2018 International Children’s Sculpture Idea Contest (Closes 30 November 2018)
Open to children under 18 years who are school students in Western Australia.
The Hyogo Children’s Centre in Japan is holding a drawing competition with the theme “My Dream”.
Gold and silver prize winners will have their drawing or painting crafted into a sculpture that will be displayed onsite at the Hyogo Children’s Centre. Winners and guardians will be invited to Hyogo to see their sculptures revealed at an unveiling ceremony, with the associated travel costs covered.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with SHORT STORY in the subject line of your email, along with your name, postal address and age.
The winner will receive a book and have their short story published in the Perth Voice newspaper.
2019 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry competition (Closes 13 February 2019, performance takes place on 23 February 2019 in Orange NSW.)
Open to individual contestants in primary school 2019 who are able to travel to Orange NSW at their own expense. There is a written AND performance component to this competition, contestants must take part in both components. [Other age categories also available.]
- Poems are to be original works.
- Poems should generally be rhyming verse.
- Poems and performances are not to be offensive and must be suitable for family entertainment.
- Poems are to be performed by the poet, in person, at the event.
ENTRY: FREE for the primary school category.
$200 first prize, $100 second prize, $50 third prize.
Check out the entry requirements [see February 2019 listings to download the entry form and info]