Online Writing Clubs

State Library of NSW Young Writers’ Club  – An online fortnightly program during the school term. Suitable for writers aged 8-14 years. Sessions run from 4pm to 5pm.

Voiceworks Magazine – A national literary journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. The purpose is to create a space for people under twenty-five to develop their creative and editorial skills and to publish, and be paid for, their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Each selected piece goes through a collaborative editing process, and we provide individualised feedback for all unsuccessful submissions.

If you’re interested in submitting your work for publication, see Submit to Voiceworks for more information.

You can borrow the hardcopy issues of Voiceworks from the library or you can access the PDF version from the library Canvas page.

A variety of resources about the writing process are available from Voiceworks Guides.

Writing and Other Competitions

Writing contests are a wonderful way for students to hone their writing skills. Here are a few of the benefits:

  • Practice makes perfect – the more you write, the better you’ll become.
  • Authentic audience – your writing will (often) be read by people experienced in the publishing industry. If you win your piece could be published for a wider audience!
  • Learning experience – whether you win or not, entering writing competitions is wonderful experience and will help to improve your confidence in writing.
  • Deadlines and parameters – writing competitions have specific parameters e.g. intended audience, subject matter, word count as well as a deadline. These boundaries help to focus your writing.
  • Develop perseverance – developing perseverance is key to success so keep trying.

Writing Tips from WestWords:

Print out and colour in items from the State Library of Queensland’s collections:

Current Competitions

NOTE: Ensure you carefully read and understand the requirements of each competition you enter.

Write the World
Submission date: Monthly competitions
Entry fee: none

Furious Fiction Writing Competition
17 years+
Submission date: Starts 5pm on the first Friday of every month. Ends 55 hours later – midnight Sunday.
Entry fee: none

Letter Review Prize for Short Stories
Submission date: 31st October 2022
Entry fee: US$20

Robyn Mathison Poetry Competition
Submission date: 31st October 2022
Entry fee: $10

2023 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Submission date: 2nd December 2022
Entry fee: $15

2023 Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition
Submission date: 2nd December 2022
Entry fee: $20

Little Stories Big Ideas
Theme: Fear
Submission date: 23rd December 2022
Entry fee: none

My Writing Journey Competition
Submission date: 31st December 2022
Entry fee: none

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest
Submission date: 31st December 2022
Entry fee: none

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Project Poetry Competition
Submission date: 8th January 2023
Entry fee: none

EngineerGirl Writing Contest
Submission date: 1st February 2023
Entry fee: none

Furphy Story Competition
18+ at time of submission
Submission date: 30th April 2023
Entry fee: none

Questions Writing Prize
18+ at time of submission
Submission date: 1st May 2023
Entry fee: none