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.

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


Gosnells Writers Circle:

Children’s Corner Short Story & Poetry Comp (Closes 30 September 2017)

Theme: Colours

Any interpretation of the theme is permitted. Judges are looking for original thoughts, creativity and polished writing. Poetry, prose, fiction, memoirs and non-fiction are all acceptable.

Age groups: 10 and under 11-17 at closing date

Word/line limit: Prose: 500 words

Poetry: 20 lines

Winning entries in both age groups will be published in November SHOWCASE magazine

 

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

In each age group:
First prize: Book vouchers
Second prize: Stationery pack Commended Certificates

Publication in Showcase magazine November 2017 edition

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.


Leigh Hobbs Colouring Competition (Closes 5pm 27 October 2017)

Open to primary school students. Download a colouring page from the competition site. Colour it in. Scan or photograph it (no people included in the shot) and email it to the competition.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES: Two categories — Foundation to Year 3, and Year 4 to Year 6. Winners receive a prize pack containing copies of the The Big Book of Old Tom, Are We There Yet?, Flood, and My Girragundji.

Check out the entry requirements and download the colouring sheets here too.


 Redgum Young Writers Award (Closes 11 December 2017)

Open to students between ages of 9 and 13.

Picture book category: a story up to 250 words, fiction or non fiction. No illustrations required.

Short story category: a short story (fiction) 850 to 1000 words. No illustrations required.

ENTRY: FREE

PRIZES:

The winner of each category will receive a $250 Redgum Book Club voucher. The winning story will be proofread and edited as required, illustrated and published for distribution in Australia.

The other four shortlisted entries in each category will each receive a $150 Redgum Book Club voucher and Certificate of Achievement.

Check out the entry requirements and download the colouring sheets here too.

 

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