Writing competitions

Writing and Illustrating Competitions

Andy Griffiths Kids Writing Competition
Each year Dymocks and Pan Macmillan invite Australian kids to get creative and enter a writing competition that’s judged by the one and only Andy Griffiths.
The 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 8 books each supplied by Pan Macmillan valued at $116.88 each.
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Child Writes Competition
The Entry Fee $10
The prize: The winning writer and the winning illustrator will be mentored to publication of a collaborative children’s picture book, worth over $1000 each (or total prize pool $2500) .
In 2020 the competition is limited to Australian 10 year olds, born in 2010 only.
Entries close one 500 entries have been received.
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CYA Conference Writing and illustrating competitions
Closes each year in April. For ages 8-18.
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Short Australian StoriesSTUDENTS: storybombing #Litfest2444 Phone It In is open to any person residing in Australia between the ages of 15 and 18. It is free to enter and you can submit more than one entry if you wish. Includes Writing Tips and Guides.

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

Kids News
Short Story Writing Competition. Has writing tips from Jackie French. Free entry for Kindergarten to Year 9. Entries close 3 July, 2020.
First prize winners in each age category will take home 10 copies of their winning short story published into a printed book with a personally designed cover plus an iPad and Harper Collins book pack.
There are also prizes for one runner-up and three highly commended entries in each age category.
This year’s competition (2020) has been expanded into four categories: Kindergarten to Year 2, Years 3-4, Years 5-6 and Years 7-9. More information.

Future Leaders Writing Prize
The Future Leaders Writing Prize is designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing.
Australian Year 11 and 12 students are invited to submit a piece of writing (800 to 1,000 words). The essays can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic
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Get Songwriting
For Year 9 – 12 students. Put your pen to paper or fingers to keys and try your hand at songwriting. Prize pool of $1700. The competition will close on Monday 15 June 2020 at 4.00pm.
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Independent Education Union Qld and NT Art Design Awards and Literary Competition
The Literary Competition invites Queensland and Northern Territory students and teachers to share their literary prowess by submitting either poetry, short stories or non-fiction prose. Entrants are invited to submit their poetry, short stories or non-fiction prose.The competition is open to entrants from students (years 5-12) and teachers in Queensland state and independent schools and Northern Territory independent schools.
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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 18, the prize provides an unforgettable experience. Fifteen shortlisted writers receive feedback on their work and are invited to participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop and special event presented by the Melbourne Writers Festival. Prize winners  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.
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KSP Writers Centre Spooky Stories Competition
YOUTH  category (8-18 years): Max 500 words. Free to enter
Youth first prize: $100, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
Youth second prize: $25, certificate, complimentary print copy of Spooky Story anthology
Closes end of March
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KSP Writers Centre Short Fiction Competition
YOUTH  category (10-17 years): Max 1000 words. Free to enter
Youth first prize: $100
Closes mid September

Redgum Young Writers Award
The Young Writers’ Award, designed to discover the talent of children aged between 9 and 13 years of age. Entries close December. Entry is free. Each shortlisted entry will receive a $150 Redgum Book Club voucher and Certificate of Achievement. The winner of each category will receive a $250 Redgum Book Club voucher and winning entry from each category will be published as hard copy book and in e-book format.
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Somerset Storyfest competitions
Somerset Storyfest have a number of competitions covering story, poetry and song writing. More information.

Voices on the Coast writing competition 2020
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?

Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Competition and Art Competition
For P-12 students. Entry Free. Closes end of April for Writing competition and September for Art competition. Up to $1000 cash prize for each competition.
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