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The City of South Perth Young Writers Award: free workshops

South-Perth-young-writers-awardIf you live (or school) in South Perth, you’d be crazy not to enter this writing competition!

Right now I’m teaching lots of writing workshops, so I know there are a lot of you out there who love writing stories and can really write well.

Even better, I’m running two FREE writing workshops at the South Perth Library, especially for member’s of the library’s Secret Club. Come along on 11 March and 8 April to have a heap of fun, plus pick up some ideas, tips and writing techniques.

Then, enter what you’ve been working on into Young Writer’s Award, details below. Everything I’ve achieved as a writer has come thanks to entering writing competitions: the Canon Young Writer’s Award, the Varuna House Emerging Writer Fellowship, the Voices on the Coast writing competition, the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award…

I’ve won a few writing competitions, but I’ve entered about a billion more. LOTS of competitions, MILLIONS of them. Anything that’s free to enter or run by someone reputable (like a publisher or council) is fair game.

So get out your pens, tap at your keyboards, come to my workshops and ENTER! Sometimes, every now and then, something great happens. This could be that something great for you.

The City of South Perth Young Writers Award

Conditions of entry

–        Limit of one entry per child

–        Entries must be prose only

–        The entrant’s name must not appear elsewhere on the entry

–        Entry is open to any school aged child residing in or attending school in the City of South Perth.

–        Entries must be the entrant’s own original work (i.e. ideas should not be copied from television or books), nor should the entry be edited by another person.

–        Entries may be of any length up to 1500 words.

–        Entries may either be submitted in hardcopy on standard A4 paper or electronically in MS Word 2000 or higher and sent to

–        A completed entry form must accompany each entry.

–        Entries are not retained and cannot be returned (photocopied originals are acceptable).We regret we cannot acknowledge receipt of individual entries.

–        The organisers reserve the right to publish any winning entries in whole or part thereof.

–        Entries must be received by Saturday 10 May 2014.


Entries will be judged in the following categories

A. Year 1

B. Lower Primary Years 2-3

C. Middle Primary Years 4-5

D. Upper Primary Years 6-7

E. Lower Secondary Years 8-10

F. Upper Secondary Years 11-12


–        Prizes may be awarded for first and second in each category, and certificates for highly commended works may also be awarded.

–        The most outstanding entry for 2014 will be awarded the Christobel Mattingley Bronze Medallion.

–        All finalists will be notified about the award ceremony by mid-July.

–        Please note: We regret we are unable to individually notify all entrants of placings. Only finalists will be notified.

Thank you!

The City of South Perth Young Writers Award is proudly sponsored by the City of South Perth. The Award provides local students an opportunity to develop their writing skills.

The City of South Perth would like to gratefully acknowledge the support Of the Mill Point Caffe Bookshop.

For more information on the Young Writer’s Award, contact the South Perth library.

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The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Books Award 2013 – Shami Chakrabarti and Alex Wheatle join Judging Panel

Was it your New Year’s Resolution to write a book? Yes? Then here’s your chance to get it done and get it published.

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties), and Alex Wheatle MBE, the award-winning British novelist of Jamaican heritage, have joined the judging panel of The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award.

This is terrific news for anybody who has never published a childrens novel but has always longed to write one….

Grab on and enjoy the ride: the Diverse Voices award is for YOU!!!

I won this award back in 2009 and now have four books coming out with Frances Lincoln Childrens Books in the UK, and Walker Books in New Zealand and Australia, not to mention translations in Indonesia, Finland and more. This is a REALLY BIG CHANCE, so go to it!

The award is for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or in terms of the ethnic and cultural origins of its author.

The prize of £1,500, plus the option for Frances Lincoln Children’s Books to publish the novel, will be awarded to the best work of unpublished fiction for 8–to-12-year-olds by a writer, aged 18 years or over, who has not previously published a novel for children. The writer may have contributed to an anthology of prose or poetry.

The work must be written in English and it must be a minimum of 15,000 words and a maximum of 35,000 words. Previously submitted manuscripts which were not short-listed may be re-entered two more times.

The closing date for all entries is Monday 31 December 2012.

You can download the 2013 Diverse Voices Award leaflet here, and stick it up on your wall (or your friend’s wall), and you can download the entry forms here.

So go, go, go…and I wish you best of luck!!

(With thanks to matryosha for the photo)