Young Writers and Illustrators

Don’t forget to look under Bookings for the latest events for children.

Writing Competitions

CYA Conference Writing and illustrating competitions
Closes each year in April. For ages 8-18.
More information.

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry competitions. Entries accepted: March 1 to June 30, results announced during early September. More information.

Ipswich Poetry Feast
Ipswich Poetry Feast competitions for children and adults, closes around mid July each year. More information.

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.
More information

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

Voices on the Coast writing competition 2019
Mooloolaba Rotary, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Voices on the Coast are excited to launch this year’s Telling Stories competition entitled “I should have listened!”. Information packs have been sent to schools on the Sunshine Coast inviting students to participate in this exciting writing competition which is open to all students in Grades 4 to 9. There is $1500 in cash prizes plus medals for the winners and a perpetual trophy for the winning school. We are hoping for a bumper entry again this year, so come on you budding authors!  Home schooled children in grades 4 to 9 are very welcome to participate. Need more information on how to enter?

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. They also run Draw like an illustrator camps.
Write Like an Author

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”, find some great colouring in sheets, get ideas for stories from ‘Stories Sparkers’ – check out this link: Resources – Yvonne Mes – Children’s Author and illustrator

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!