High School Competitions

Kids who enter my Clever Competitions are always asking if they can enter when they get to high school. Unfortunately, I have to say “no” – very regretfully, as my competitions are only open to Primary School aged kids.

But all is not lost! There are other competitions out there for older kids! So on this page I’m going to track them down for you!

  • The Dorothea McKellar Poetry Awards

This Award is open to Australian school students up to end of high school and is run every year. Here’s the weblink:


The 2016 competition is ended now, but if you keep visiting you’ll soon be able to enter the competition for 2017.

  • The Faraway Writing Competition open to Australian students wherever they may be:

Here’s what they’ve told me:

We’re now counting down to the deadline: 5pm next Friday 26 August — just seven days away!

There’s still time for young people aged 7-18 to create a short story, poem or illustration inspired by the theme of ‘faraway’. We’re especially keen to get entries from ‘faraway’ writers and illustrators – those who are remote, rural or isolated.

Prizes include vouchers up to $250 towards Creative Write-it courses (including online mentorships for ‘faraway’ writers and illustrators), as well as publication in the Faraway anthology.

For more details and to enter, please click here http://www.creativewriteit.com.au/faraway2016.html and ensure you read the guidelines http://www.creativewriteit.com.au/uploads/1/0/8/4/10843830/farawaycompguidelines__1_.pdf before submitting.

We can’t wait to see what the young writers and illustrators of Australia come up with!


  • The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Here’s the information from their website at http://foyleyoungpoets.org/:

“The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is for poems written by any young poet aged 11-17. Since it began 15 years ago the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. It is the largest competition of its kind and is free to enter.

Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges. The winners receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day.”

The deadline for the 2016 competition is 31 July 2016. Sooo00 – what are you waiting for?! Get those pens out and start writing! And if you are a winner, make sure to write to me and let me know, and I’ll feature you and your poem on my blog!

NB this competition is now closed but they should be running another one next year (2016/2017).


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