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Year 12 Competitions
Furious Fiction Writing Competition
"The Furious Fiction writing competition is a monthly competition which is presented by the Australian Writers’ Centre, this fun, fast – and best of all – FREE short story challenge blasts off on the first Friday of every month. Anyone in the world aged 17 years and older is able to take part. Not only do you get to try your hand at a new creative challenge each and every month, the winning story takes home $500 in cash."
CYA Conference Writing and illustrating competitions
Each year this competition closes in April and offers a diverse range of categories.
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
"The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are a unique national project, giving Australia's youth a voice and an opportunity to strive for excellence in literature ... "
Peter Porter Poetry Competition
"The Peter Porter Poetry Competition is a yearly competition where entrants compete for a chance to win the major or runner up shortlist prizes. This prize is open to all age groups and entrants are not required to be in Australia, which has meant that a significant number of entrants from overseas are included each year ... "
"Voiceworks is a national literary journal, featuring new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art and comics by Australians under the age of 25. Voiceworks is produced entirely by people yet to hit the quarter-century mark and relies on contributions from readers to make up its content. Each selected piece goes through a collaborative editing process, and individualised feedback is provided for all unsuccessful written submissions. All published contributors are paid for their work ... "
Years 11 and 12
Years 11 and 12 Competitions
Future Leaders Writing Competition
"The Future Leaders Writing Prize is designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing ... "
Years 10-12 Competitions
"All you need to do is upload [your audio story] file. Your submission should be no longer than 2 minutes in duration."
"For Year 9 – 12 students. Put your pen to paper or fingers to keys and try your hand at songwriting ... "
Years 7-12 Competitions
Novella Writing Competition
"The Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth - and there are also some fantastic prizes on offer! ... "
National Poetry Prize
"The purpose of the Somerset National Poetry Prize is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also aims to inspire and enrich youth literature ... "
Landscapes Kids Writing Competitions
"Write a short story no longer than 1,000 words using the theme for your age group."
My Place Competition
"The My Place television series, based on the classic picture book by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, is a ‘time machine’ which takes audiences back into Australia’s past. It explores our national history through the eyes of children, spanning a period of over 200 years ... " Inspired by this series, the competition runs a different theme each year.
Years 5 - 9
Playwriting competition with Ursula Dubosarsky!
"One winner will be picked from each category to receive the following prizes:
A copy of Pierre’s Not There signed by Ursula Dubosarsky (and a copy for their school library).
A Booktopia gift voucher worth $75.00 (and an equivalent voucher for their school library).
A virtual classroom visit from Ursula Dubosarsky! Students will get the opportunity to perform the winning scene with Ursula, followed by a Q&A session."
Year 5 and 6
Year 5 and 6 Competitions
"Hooray! It’s the Year of the Ox!"
So for the latest Clever Competition, I want you to write a story about An Oxcellent Ox! (Of course, that means a truly excellent Ox :)) The story must not exceed 1000 words (including the title).
Child Writes Competition
"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) ... "