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 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 email@example.com 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.
Junior category (9 to 12 year olds) has sections for Prose. Enter a piece of prose up to 800 words.
Junior category (9 to 12 year olds) has sections for Poetry. Enter a poem up to 60 lines. Entries must be POSTED, so allow time for your entry to arrive by the due date.
Check out the entry requirementshttps://rockyriverriters.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/lauraliteraryawards2019.pdf
2019 Henry Lawson Society National Literary Awards. Wombat Competition (Entries Close 30 April 2019)
Kids 12 years and under are invited to enter up to three poems. Theme: ‘Our Heritage’
First Prize : $100.00
Second Prize : $75.00
Third Prize : $50.00 . The school libraries of the prize winners will also receive children’s titles from Ford St Publishing to the value of $100 (1st prize), $75 (2nd prize) and $50 (3rd prize).
What Matters? Competition (Entries Close 10 May 2019)
Open to school students in years 5 to 12 from NSW, VIC, WA, the ACT and Tasmania. Respond to the question ‘what matters?’ in 400 to 600 words using prose, poetry, fiction or nonfiction.
PRIZES: $350 for each category winner and $200 for runners-up.
Check out the entry requirementshttps://www.whitlam.org/what-matters/
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.
Check out the entry requirementshttps://www.aate.org.au/saeta-content/writers/young-writers-award
Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists (Entries open 29 April and Close 20 May 2019)
Open to Western Australian school students in years one to twelve. Artworks submitted must be an original, two-dimensional (2D) creation, no bigger than 1 metre x 1.5 metres in size. No group entries permitted.
PRIZES: Prizes (unspecified) are awarded in various age categories. Winners’ work will also be framed and exhibited.
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.
PRIZES: Three prizes are awarded in each age category:
Prizes have not been specified.
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.
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.
PRIZES:Cash prizes. See website for details.
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.
Youth (WA) first prize: $100, certificate and goody bag
Youth (WA) second prize: $25, certificate and goody bag
Youth Interstate Award: $25 and certificate
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.
PRIZES: Winner of each age category wins $500
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.
various cash prizes (see website for details)
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.
various cash prizes (see website for details)