Writing competition for young authors

New year, new story!

It’s time to dust off those short story ideas and enter some competitions in 2019. These opportunities are a great way to stretch your writing muscles and polish your craft. And who knows – you could win some cash for your words. If you’re looking to develop your skills and get an edge over the competition, check out our Term Shack  or Short Shack course to get insider secrets and feedback from an experienced editor.

Happy writing!

Manly Library

Manly Library

The Northern Beaches Young Writers’ Competition 2019

Wild at heart, wild abandon, a wild card, wildest dreams, walk on the wild side, run wild, wild-goose chase, wild horses, go wild, a wild child... 

Write an original story using this year’s theme word ‘wild’ for a chance to be published as an author in a Library eBook. 

Entries close Wednesday 7 August.

The Competition is open to students up to and including Year 12 who are members of the Northern Beaches library service.

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Nan Manefield Young Writers Award

The Nan Manefield Young Writers Award is a writing prize overseen by The Stanton Library and North Sydney Council.

Young people, aged between 11 and 18 years, are invited to submit either a poem or short story of up to 750 words.

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Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards.

Australia's oldest and best known annual poetry  writing competition for school children. 

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What Matters?  

What Matters? is an annual writing competition run by the Whitlam Institute. Inspired by Gough Whitlam's commitment to involving young people in the shaping of Australia's future, the competition is open to NSW, the ACT and Tasmania school students in years 5 to 12. Responding to the simple question 'what matters?', entrants are free to express their views on any matter they care about.