Kids’ Writing Competition 2022

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Illustration: Jasmine Seymour
(Copyright Children’s Book Council Australia)

We are delighted to once again run our Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week Kids’ Writing Competition.

This year’s inspiration is the CBCA Book Week Theme for 2022: Dreaming with Eyes Open.

There will be Farrells Book Vouchers up for grabs as prizes and winning entries will be published here on the website.


Please stick to the below Entry Guidelines to make sure your story counts!

Entry Guidelines:

  • Open to Mornington Peninsula residents only.
  • Entrants must fall into one of the five entry age groups from Prep through to Year 12. Sorry, no grown ups allowed!!
    • Lower Primary: Prep to Year 2
    • Middle Primary: Years 3 and 4
    • Upper Primary: Years 5 and 6
    • Lower Secondary: Years 7 to 9
    • Upper Secondary: Years 10 to 12
  • Entries may be in picture story, poetry or short story formats and be inspired by the CBCA Book Week Theme: Dreaming with Eyes Open.
  • Word limits apply and only entries within the limits will be read, so practice your editing skills!
    • Primary level 2 pages / 1000 words
    • Secondary level 3 pages / 1500 words.
  • Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store.
  • Electronic entries can be submitted to events@farrells.com.au with the Subject: CBW 2022 Story Comp. Please use either Microsoft Word or PDF formats.

Please ensure you include your NAME, AGE, PHONE & EMAIL.

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To get started on your story, check out these Top Tips for Young Writers from author Jane Godwin, or have a look at the winners from our competition last year here.

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WINNERS: 2021 WRITING AND ILLUSTRATION COMPETITION

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s competition! We’re of course extremely disappointed we cannot celebrate together in person, but reading all the amazing entries and looking at the beautiful artwork that came in has been a wonderful lightness in amongst all the dark.
Thank you to every single one of you who put pen to paper, or brush to page or fingers to keyboard to create your amazing stories – it was a joy to explore your ‘OLD WORLDS, NEW WORLDS, OTHER WORLDS’. It’s a shame we had to choose winners at all, but each of these were standouts in their age groups. For those of you who haven’t won a prize this year – keep honing your skills and maybe 2022 will be your turn! We hope you enjoy reading through and looking at the winning entries as much as we have.

LOWER PRIMARY

WRITING: Ned Thomas for The Boy Who Started the Goldrush
ILLUSTRATION: Rosie Ablethorpe for Another World

MIDDLE PRIMARY

WRITING: Sophie Wills for Treasure Island
ILLUSTRATION: Xavier Goldfinch for Adventures from Copycat Planet

UPPER PRIMARY

WRITING: Sophia Van Zanten for The Crazy World of Parenting
ILLUSTRATION: Willow Fletcher for Nature’s World

LOWER SECONDARY

WRITING: Ava Levett for Thin Veil
ILLUSTRATION: Skyler Sahely for Untitled

UPPER SECONDARY

WRITING: Sylvia Mackie for Foreign Lands
ILLUSTRATION: Joshua Vanhoutte for Untitled

ADULT

WRITING: Rebecca Fraser for Yelah
ILLUSTRATION: Wendi Bradshaw for Ants to Ashes

Each of our winners will be receiving a voucher to select their own prize in store.

2021 WRITING AND ILLUSTRATION COMPETITION

CLICK HERE FOR THIS YEAR’S WINNERS

After a brief break last year, our story competition is back.
But this year comes with a twist! This time, we’ll be accepting submissions of writing AND illustration, from both kids AND adults!

For the first time we’re using a prompt for our competition:
‘OLD WORLDS, NEW WORLDS, OTHER WORLDS’. 
This is the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week theme for 2021, and should form the inspiration for your stories and illustrations.

There are prizes up for grabs and the chance to have your work published on our website, so get writing (and drawing!).


Submission Guidelines

  • Write to the theme! Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds
  • There are six different age groups you can enter under. Please write within the word limits for your respective category (outlined below).
  • All illustration submissions must be no larger than one A4 page.
  • You may submit up to one written piece and one illustrated piece.
  • Please submit as either a Word doc or PDF to events@farrells.com.au with the subject ‘2021 story competition’, or as a hard copy in-store.

Entries close 18th July 2021

Categories

Children – please clearly specify which category with your entry by including age or Year Level  

  • Lower primary (500 words)
  • Middle primary (500 words)
  • Upper primary (500 words)
  • Lower secondary (800 words)
  • Upper secondary (800 words)

Adults (over 18 years old)

  • Adult fiction (1000 words)
  • Adult nonfiction (1000 words)

Illustrations (all ages) – Please specify if adult or child, and include age or Year Level for child entries

  • A picture paints a thousand words – explore the theme through your artwork.
  • All illustration submissions must be no larger than one A4 page, and submitted under your respective category.

Need inspiration?  

  • Have a good think about the theme ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’… this could cover just about anything! Something historical, dystopian, futuristic, modern-day, or the fantastical and imaginative!
  • Take a good look at Shaun Tan‘s Book Week artwork (above) – this could be a great place to start.
  • Think about some of your favourite books or authors. Why do you love them so much? Could you create something similar?
  • Have a look at Andy Griffith’s ‘Once Upon a Slime’ for some writing tips, or check out this YouTube video of him speaking on how to write.  Or check out Jane Godwin’s Top Ten Tips for Young Writers.  
  • Be creative! Spend some time with your imagination… you might be amazed at what it can do.

SAVE THE DATE!: Saturday 28 August

Winners will be announced in-store on Saturday 28 August by our wonderful guest author, Danielle Binks. This is the last day of Book Week for 2021 and a perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the vibrant and creative community down here on the Mornington Peninsula.

There will be certificates for all entrants and vouchers for the winners, and an extra chance to win a prize with our annual Book Week costume competition. 

Full details of the event will be released closer to the time.

 

 


About Danielle Binks

Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based writer, reviewer, agent, book blogger and Youth Literature Advocate. In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult writing inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement, which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) and was shortlisted in the 2018 Gold Inky Awards. The Year the Maps Changed was Danielle’s debut middle-grade novel, and The Monster of Her Age is her first foray into YA, coming in July 2021.


We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Happy writing and drawing!