Competitions for keen writers

Working with young writers

It’s competition time again!

Entering competitions is always a good way to improve your writing. There are no losers in writing competitions. Just getting your entry finished – that is redrafted, polished, proof read, typed up and well presented – then sent off to the relevant address by the closing date is an achievement in itself.

There are three major competitions for Young Writers running in Western Australia at the moment.

The Tim Winton Award for Young Writers is run by the Subiaco Library and is open to all students aged between five and eighteen years. This is the first year the competition has been opened up to include country students. Entries must be received by the Subiaco Library no later than 5pm Sunday 22nd May.

The West Australian Newspapers Competition for Young Writers is also a State wide competition that closes at the end of May. It differs from the Tim Winton Awards in that poetry sections are included for all age groups. Entry forms and information at

And the Children’s Book Council of Australia WA Branch (Inc) Make Your Own Storybook Competition is open to all students from Year 1 to Year 8. YOu can enter picture books or story books with or without pictures. There is no minimum word limit, but the upper limit is 5000 words. Entries must arrive at Westbooks by 5pm on Friday 3rd June.

There are big prizes and lots of kudos to be won and the same entry can be submitted to more than one competition. Great opportunities for all you keen writers our there.

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