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:

Youth Photography Project:
Runs: September 2021
Entry fee: none

Creative Writing Prompts:
Runs: 2nd August – 1st December 2021
Entry fee: none

Current Competitions

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

Open to Year 7 & 8 students
Commences: September 2021
Entry fee: none

Peter Porter Poetry Competition
Submission date: October 2021 – check exact date after July
Entry fee: $25

Wombat Books Illustration Challenge
Submission date: 30th November 2021
Entry fee: a previous purchase of one of our other illustration challenges

Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition
Submission date: 3rd December 2021
Entry fee: $20

Open to ages 13+
Submission date: TBA
Entry fee: none

Sunspot Literary Journal
Various competitions including poetry, artworks, graphic texts, non-fiction and fiction.
Submission date: Various – 2021
Entry fee: From US$3

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