Young Writers and Illustrators

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The Big Draw

Thanks for attending the 2016 BIG draw kids!  We hope you had a wonderful time and got some great ideas for writing and illustrating.  Check out the pictures from the BIG draw here!  And follow the event using the #BIGdraw hashtag

Page Contents – (just scroll down to find what you’re looking for)

  • BIG draw slideshow
  • Great illustration stuff!
  • Craft activities
  • Books on writing with kids
  • Our authors
  • Writing Prompts
  • Writing Competitions

And now that you are inspired, check out all the fun stuff for young writers and illustrators below:

Great illustration stuff!

Anil Tortop is one of our illustrators!  Check out her website here.  And to watch a video of her illustration process for “Granny, wait for me!” using photoshop and a Wacom tablet, click here!  And there’s a gallery of her artwork here!

Helene Magisson  is one of out illustrators!  Check out her website here.

Giuseppe Poli is one of our illustrators!  Check out his website here.

Have you heard about Cartoon Dave?  Check out his YouTube channel for some great illustration ideas, but be careful, he is absolutely hilarious!

Craft Activities

To make one of your own Grumbles from “Oliver’s Grumbles”, and for some great colouring in sheets, check out this link:

Resources for Children’s Writers and Illustrators KIDLIT411 Links to quality resources on anything related to writing and illustrating for children

Books on Writing with Kids

50 fantastic ideas for writing for kids  Click HERE to order this book!

don-t-forget-to-write-for-the-elementary-grades   Click HERE to order this book!

Our Authors

June Perkins is one out authors!  Check out her website here.

Find out more about “Magic Fish Dreaming“, written by June Perkins and illustrated by Helene Marie Magisson HERE!

Writing Prompts

(Thanks Yvonne Mes, one of our authors, for these cool ideas!)


Check out this strong man! He has lots of muscles doesn’t he?
I guess you would have to be pretty strong to carry such a large mustache!Wait a minute? Is that a REAL mustache? And why is his skin so shiny or his ears so red? What if …
He was a secret superhero?
He wasn’t strong at all!
He was really shy?
Has won many strong man competitions, but there is one person he just can’t beat. Why? Who could it be?I am sure you can come up with some other ideas to get your story started.Another important part of writing a story is setting.Setting is where your story take place and also when it takes place:Where could the strong man be:
  • A circus tent.
  • A hairdresser.
  • A party.
  • A different planet.

When could the story take place:

  • In the past. For example at the time of castles, knights and princesses.
  • Right now.
  • In the future. A year, ten years or a hundred years from now.

Decide on a place and time and see where our story takes you!

Happy writing!


CYA Conference Writing and illustrating competitions

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry competitions

Ipswich Poetry Feast

Ipswich Poetry Feast competitions for children and adults

John Marsden and Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

This is a developmental award open exclusively to Australian secondary school students in categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

For young writers aged 12 to 17, the prize provides an unforgettable experience. Fifteen shortlisted writers receive feedback on their work, are invited to meet John Marsden, and participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop and special event at the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival. Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize and a book pack courtesy of Hachette Australia. The prize recognises excellence in three creative writing categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Somerset Storyfest competitions

Somerset Storyfest have a number of competitions covering story, poetry and song writing.

Writing opportunities

Write Like and Author – Learn to write stories like a published author
With a published author! The internationally acclaimed writing course for middle-grade students that shows you how to write stories the way authors do. There are a number of holiday camps run throughout the year.