Writing Tournament

A free, not-for-profit writing competition for young writers which simulates the journey of a professional author.

Writing Tournament 2022 now closed… judging has begun. Good luck!

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Writing Tournament 2022

Open to: Anyone aged 8-16 for stories written in English (please state if English not first language)

Entry fee: Free. A completely not-for-profit competition.

Submission Deadline: 31st July 2022

Long List Announced: 7th September 2022

Short List Announced: 15th September 2022

Winners Announced: TBC

Theme: Unsung Heroes: “Real life person / people / animal not noticed or praised for hard work, courage or great achievements.”

Word count: 750 words

Age Categories: 8-11 & 12-16

Prizes: 1st $200 2nd $50 3rd $25 + your story in print. Click here for prizes in full. (Prize money is in AUD)

Submission terms & conditions: Click here to make sure your story makes the grade before you write / submit it.

The Judges & Editor: Click images for more information…

2021 Writing Tournament anthology out now! Click to buy. All profits go into next year’s prize fund.
Finalist Judges

Winners and readings from the 2021 Writing Tournament

YouTube Channel

Congratulations to the winners for 2021

Age 8-12 category:

1st. Esther Li for Judie to Geordie

2nd. Caleb Scherrer for A Harsh World

3rd. Daisy Doyle for The Horse in the Attic

Age 13-16 category:

1st. Lena Killalea for The Mournful Diary

2nd. Lindsey Andrew for Cures

3rd. William Ellis for Lost

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Interview with the 2021 category winners, Esther & Lena.

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