Opportunities for Young Writers

Flash Lab

Night Parrot Press is an independent publisher in Perth. Their Flash Lab is open to young writers aged 12-17, where flash fiction pieces under 500 words have a chance to be published on their website - a new story is published every week!

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Mars Awakens Story Challenge

To celebrate the release of her upcoming children's science fiction novel, MARS AWAKENS, author H.M. Waugh is hosting a story challenge for writers aged 9 - 14. Young writers are encouraged to write a short story about Mars' moons, Phobos and Deimos.

Prize: The winner will have a character named after them in the sequel to MARS AWAKENS

Closes: 31st May 2022

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The Best Australian Yarn

Recently announced during Perth Festival's Writers Weekend, The Best Australian Yarn is a short story competition open to writers from the age of 12. Presented by The West Australian and Minderoo Foundation, this competition seeks to celebrate creative writing across Australia.

Prize: Cash prizes across various categories - the youth winner also receives mentoring

Closes: 31st May 2022

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Furious Fiction

55 hours. 500 words. Run by the Australian Writers Centre, Furious Fiction occurs on the first Friday of each new European season. You will be provided with a set of prompts and have the weekend to write your short story. Open to writers 17 and over.

Prize: $500 to the winner. Shortlisted entries are published on the website

Closes: Next round is 3rd June 2022

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Make Your Own Story Book Competition

Open to students from Pre-Primary to Year 8, the Make Your Own Story Book Competition is annually run by the WA branch of the CBCA. Students have the opportunity to create a picture or story book that tells an original story using original text and illustrations.

Prize: Not yet listed, though there is a prize for each category and all participants receive a certificate

Closes: 10th June 2022

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2022 RD Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize

Submit a fictional piece of prose no more than 800 words on the topic of peace and sustainability, over several age categories.

Prizes: $500 for each category winner, and the Pat Strong Award for a Young Writer for the junior writer winner

Closes: 17th June 2022

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The Spark Prize

The Spark Prize is run by Australian publisher Hardie Grant Publishing and calls for work of narrative non-fiction. The competition seeks to nurture an idea into a publishable book.

Prizes: Winner receives $5000, a mentorship, and a week-long residency on the Mornington Peninsula. Shortlisted entries also receive prizes

Closes: 27th June 2022

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Randolph Stow Young Writers Award

To honour the international achievements of Geraldton-born writer Randolph Stow, this award aims to encourage the creativity of young writers in the midwest region. Open to students in Years 3 - 12 studying in the Midwest as noted by the Education Department, and accepts entries of both poetry and prose.

Prizes: Cash prizes for the winners across several age categories, certificates for runner-ups, shortlisted entries compiled into a booklet on display at the City of Greater Geraldton Regional Library  

Closes: 4th July 2022

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Sudden Writing Prize

Open to writers under the age of 25 and run by Express Media and the Australiasian Association of Writing Programs, the Sudden Writing Prize seeks creative work across various forms and wants to know what people are writing about right now.

Prizes: $500, publication, and a membership to the AAWP

Closes: 31st July 2022

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Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition

Run by Queensland publisher Hawkeye Publishing, this short story competition honours well-loved Sydney Hammond (who can read about on Hawkeye's website). The competition theme is 'Water under the bridge' and is open to juniors (under 18).

Prizes: Gift voucher for the winner, and top 40 published in an anthology - the top 5 in the junior category will also be published and receive group mentoring with the publishing director

Closes: 1st August 2022

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2022 Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Competition

Open to Australian school children across four categories (from under Year 4 to Year 12) and seeking works of poetry.

Prizes: Cash prizes vary between age levels

Closes: 31st August 2022

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Poem Forest

Created by Red Room Poetry, in partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden, Poem Forest invites students (and teachers!) to use their words to make positive climate action. For every nature poem received a tree is planted to help heal habitats and create a Poem Forest for future generations. In 2021, over 5,000 poem trees were planted.

Prize: All entries published in their digital library, cash prizes, book pack prizes

Closes: 23rd September 2022

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