Youth writing competitions and the Tim Winton Award

Creative writing competitions for Australian students.

HatchedHave your students ever entered a writing competition?

The stories published in Hatched have all been winners of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers – a creative prose writing competition that began in Subiaco in Western Australia in 1993.

Writing competitions encourage students to test their skills against other young wordsmiths, to get feedback from established writers and to work towards a specific writing goal that helps develop skills in creativity, accuracy, self-reflection and time management. There are a plethora of writing competitions across Australia (some of which are listed at the end of this activity). Check with your local children’s librarian or writing organisation for competitions in your area.

We asked the judges of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers to provide us with some advice for students thinking of entering a writing competition. Here’s what they said:

  • Read the entry guidelines carefully.
  • Make sure that your…

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