Young Writers and Illustrators

Thanks for attending the 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!

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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!)

Hairy Strong Man – Story Starter and Setting


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!


Book Links Writing competition 2017 – Escape to Everywhere. Closes 1 August 2017. Read the details here

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 Prize for Young Writers 2015

Short fiction or first chapter of a novel (up to 3,000 words) by writers aged 18-24 Prize $3000 and a manuscript assessment or mentoring session with staff from Hachette Australia. Poetry by writers aged 18-24. Prize $1500. Short fiction or first chapter of a novel (up to 3,000 words) by writers aged under 18. Poetry by writers aged under 18. First place winners of both the Poetry and the Short story prize (under 18) receive $500 each. Prizes are judged by John Marsden and sponsor Hachette Australia. Entries close 9am Monday September 7, 2015.


Entries are available to all school age, Australian children. Stories and Poems can be submitted online or posted. Closes in October.

Somerset national poetry prize

Somerset national poetry prize for secondary school students

Somerset Novella writing competition

Somerset Novella writing competition for people under the age of 19