Competitions 2015

Flyer contains entry form for Make Your Own Storybook, 2015

During the week I had an email to let me know that one of my favourite times of the year is coming up. It’s judging time for the young writers’ competitions and I can’t wait to read what all you talented young writers have to say this year.

The Tim Winton Awards are open to all Western Australians attending school in Year levels from 1- 10. There are no poetry sections, but short stories can be on any topic. This competition is administered by the Subiaco Library (www.subiaco.wa.gov.au) and Tim Winton presents the prizes in person. Entries close on the 14th June.

The Young Writers Competition has a poetry and a short story section for each age group  from K and PP right up to Years 11 and 12. This is the longest running writing competition for young people in Australia and many of its past winners have gone on to make writing their profession. The competition is run by WA Newspapers (www.wanews.com.au) and full details will be available on their website. Entries close at the end of May.

Then there’s the Make Your Own Storybook Competition. Years pp-2 can submit picture books. Years 3-8 can submit a picture book or a storybook. Judges will classify the entries as they come in. This competition is run by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, WA Branch (www.wa.cbca.org.au) and some very famous writers and illustrators have gained confidence and encouragement from winning this competition in the past, including Shaun Tan and James Foley. Entries close on Friday 5th June.

Entering these competitions is a great way to experiment with your own ideas and to improve your writing overall. If you don’t win a prize this year, try again next year. The more often you write (or illustrate), the better you will be at it so get out your pens, pencils, paints, word processors, and have a go. Grab your next idea by the throat and don’t let go until you have shaped it into a story. Then enter it in one of these competitions. You never know …

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