Upcoming Writing Competitions – January 2020

It’s competition time! Dust off those short stories, young adult manuscripts and pint sized poems and enter them in one of these great competitions. Check the competition websites for more details on how to enter.

Upcoming Competitions for Children who are Writers:

Tenterfield’s Oracles of the Bush

Closes 14 March


Age: Lower primary, upper primary and secondary students.

Entry fee: Free

The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition

Closes 25 March

Short story under 2,000 words.

Age: under 18s

Entry fee: $5

Upcoming Competitions for adults who write for children:

Text Prize

Closes 7 February

Story for children or young adults.

Fiction or non-fiction

20,000 – 100,000 words

Entry fee: $25

Black & write! Writing Fellowships

Closes 28 February

Open to writers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

Children’s book and Young Adult fiction categories.  

Entry fee: Free

FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award

Closes 31 March

Short story for 8-12 year olds

Word count: 1,000 words or less

Entry fee: $5