Category Archives: Writing Competition

Shortlist announced – 2016 Redgum Young Writers Award

“Have big dreams. You will grow into them.”

“Five young authors have been shortlisted in two award categories – Children’s Short Story and Children’s Picture Book – with the winners to be announced in the first week of March. The shortlisted authors represent both public and private schools from across the nation. New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, West Australia and the ACT are all represented in the short list. ”

You can see the shortlist HERE.


REMINDER: The notJack Writing Prize $3000

From the website:

notJack was established to support and protect iconic Australian literary landscapes, by fostering creative engagement with place and promoting the significance of place for Australian writers, their work and readership.

notJack currently supports the protection of the Moolort Plains, from and in which the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Winner Romulus, My Father was written. The film of the same name was shot on site. In honour of this book, and the manner in which it crosses several genres to engage with place, the notJack writers’ prize accepts submissions from a wide variety of genres and writing styles.

Entries close MARCH 14th 2016

The Ampersand Project

Be inspired!

Melissa Keil was the first time winner of the 2013 Ampersand Award with her debut novel: Life in Outer Space!  This year, Melissa’s second novel: The incredible adventures of Cinnamon Girl is short listed for theThe Ampersand Project Children’s Book Council of Australia Award.

Whip out your pens and start writing so that you are ready to enter The Ampersand Project.

What is it? An opportunity for unpublished writers to get published!
What’s the goal of the Ampersand Project? A way to find brilliant debut novels and new authors!
What’s to be gained? The selected writer will get a contract, an advance, and serious editorial development to bring their book to market.
When must manuscripts be submitted? From Tuesday 1 September until midnight on Monday 14 September 2015
More information: The Ampersand Prize

The 2015 John Marsden Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

If you are aged under 25 and are a keen writer, you really should consider getting an entry into the 2015 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers because – quite simply – this is an inspirational competition with incredible prizes to be won!!

The writing categories are also very broad:John Marsden Hachette Australia Prize

  • Short fiction or first chapter of a novel (up to 3,000 words) by writers aged 18-24
  • Short fiction or first chapter of a novel (up to 3,000 words) by writers aged under 18
  • Poetry by writers aged 18-24
  • Poetry by writers aged under 18

With prizes ranging from $500 – $3000 and the possibility of wining a manuscript assessment or mentoring session with staff from Hachette Australia, or your winning entry published in the December issue of Voiceworks #102 or on the Express Media website – the rewards for submitting an entry are too good to pass up!

Read more details online.

Entries close: September 7th 2015


Kingston Library Short Story Competition

Winter Words – the Kingston Library Short Story Competition is set to open on June 29th 2015.

  • open to students aged 5-17
  • all entrants must live, work or study in Kingston
  • stories should be up to 500 words in length
  • more details and entry forms online

The competition closes on Saturday 1st August at 1.00pm.

My Brother Jack Awards 2015

My Brother Jack 2015The 2015 My Brother Jack Awards is now open to people who live, work or study in the City of Glen Eira (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). There are prizes for short stories and poetry in the categories of Primary School, Junior Secondary School, Senior Secondary School and Open.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the of the My Brother Jack Awards and the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing, any short story or poem set in or around World War One will be eligible for a special prize of $1,000*.

With great prizes to be won, get writing and enter this competition before the closing date of April 27th.

A great competition to enter!

Bayside Writing Competition 2015

Open to adults, teens and and junior writers currently living in Australia, the Bayside Writing  Competition 2015 is an opportunity to submit an original piece of writing in any one of four categories:

Open Competition – Short story
Open Competition – Poetry
13-17 years Micro Story (250 words or less)
12 and under – Short Story (500 words)

With prize money to win, this is an exciting opportunity for keen writers to submit their work.  Complete the online entry form and submit writing by April 24th.

You gotta be in it to win it!

A competition worth entering!

Check out details of this competition which is open to VCE students enrolled in EL Units 3 & 4.   Closing date: Friday 29th August.

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You’re The Voice

This exciting opportunity comes to you from the good folk at Inside a Dog –

Want to be a part of Inside a Dog? Applications for You’re The Voice contributors are now open!

So, what is You’re the Voice?

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You’re the Voice is your opportunity to have your say about the world of books. To write about what you read, what you love, and what you want. It’s a weekly blog post published right here on the Inside a Dog website, which is all about books for teens.

So far there’s been Voices from Queensland through to Tasmania, and they’ve blogged about everything from bandwagons to fictional role-models to the decline of the bookshop.

‘I’ve had a wonderful experience blogging for You’re the Voice. Thank you so much for all the support. I have had quite a blast’ – Rehan

‘I’ve truly enjoyed writing for you guys here on Inside a Dog, and you’ve all been so brilliantly supportive and friendly to me this past month 🙂 Thank you!’ – Leah

More information from the website.

Poetry and Prose Showcase

Congratulations must go to the group of Mentone Grammar student writers who gave up a beautiful Saturday morning to hone their craft.

Mentone Library – a lovely little community spot in Florence Street – invited our students to share an original piece of work after they were stunned by the poetic skills of our own Oscar O’NeillPugh of Year 11 who joined them for a poetry morning earlier this year.  Oscar set the challenge, and many others students from the school lined up to read their own pieces and receive feedback from children’s author Dr. Virginia Lowe.

Greenways was well represented. Tessa Petrie was a real stand out as she gave a stunning performance of a spoken word poem without notes. She followed this up with yet another original poem.  Caitlin Shepherd read a section of one of her novels, and Dr. Lowe remarked how exceptional it was that she captured the voice of a child character so well.  Dr. Lowe says this is difficult even for adult writers.  Louise Solomonides also read a section of a novel she is writing, and Dr. Lowe remarked that Louise’s working process – where she writes short and intriguing scenes as she thinks of them and then collates them into a wider story – is how many author’s work.  Louise’s extract, about ‘storytellers’ was beautiful, as was the poem she offered the audience as well.  Robert McIntyre made all of our spines chill with his science fiction story – a finely crafted example of this genre.  And finally Gail D’Souza showed her wonderful ability to look at life with fresh eyes, reading aloud from her memoir.  I enjoyed the “laugh out loud” moments Gail presented.

Dr. Lowe was most impressed with our students and has offered to remain in contact with them.

It was a wonderful morning, and I was so proud of all of our student writers. It is a difficult thing to read your own work in front of an audience and to invite them to give feedback.  Each of the students rose to the challenge and wowed the audience.

Ms Lauren Cook

Robert McIntyre

Robert McIntyre

Louise Solomonides

Louise Solomonides

Gail D'Souza

Gail D’Souza