2018 Theme: ON THE EDGE

Congratulations to all of our 2018 Award Winners!


An awards ceremony will be held at 10:30am on Friday 19 October 2018 at Canberra College Theatre, Launceston St, Philip ACT


Well done to the 2018 competition Winning and Highly Commended students from the following schools:

St Bede’s PS, Red Hill

Lyneham High School  

Canberra Girls Grammar School

St Thomas More’s Primary School

Belconnen High School

St Patrick’s College, Gundagai

John Paul II College

Canberra Grammar School

Thank you to our sponsors!




57 thoughts on “2018 Theme: ON THE EDGE

  1. Hi so when will the winners be displayed on the website? I know I didn’t win but I would really like to see who did so I can try to do better next time!


  2. My mind stands on the edge waiting for it plunge down into the dark depths of an everlasting abyss.My mind stands on the edge has memories flood my mind like a tsunami the memories I have kept hidden in the back of my mind like a spider hiding in a cave. My mind stands on the edge when I smell the fresh air and all I smell burnt gunpowder and dirt. My mind stands on the edge when I walk outside I don’t see a forlorn autumn’s day I see the muddy trenches which plague my mind like white arctic wolves on prey. They rip my mind up everyday. I have decided to jump into abyss for no return. My mind will no longer stand on the edge and suffer. My mind stands on the edge… My mind stands on the edge…My mind stands on the edge…

    By Flynn Katsoolis


  3. Hi there Amy- Thanks so much for your interest and participation in the competition. Our new competition will be announced in early 2018. Winners have been contacted. The names of winning schools has been posted on the homepage of the website. Hope we’ll see you again in 2018!


      1. Hi Keira- Thanks for your enthusiasm and excitement! Jackie French was really impressed by the compassion and sophistication of all the entries. Winners have been contacted but we look forward to your participation again next year.


    1. Hi Max, We welcome innovation and your idea sounds like a really intriguing one! While experimenting, try to keep in mind the judges’ criteria which you can find on our ‘How to Enter’ page. I think you can do it! Best of luck, Kate


    1. Thanks Gabby- We look forward to reading your story! Sounds like you’re up to the editing stage. I know 20 words sounds like a lot but you might find a couple of spots where you can say something more simply or by using fewer, better words. Good luck!


  4. If I was to write a story about someone going on the “other side” of the world would it fit the theme? Or about the “other side” of the water?


  5. hi! i was wondering how many times you can enter a different poem but from the same person and if you can enter in pairs. thanks!


  6. Hi there! my name is Olivia,
    I was just wondering when the announcements be made about who won because I entered and really want to know who won.
    thank you!


  7. Sorry just saying I am turning 10 my name is Raghu and I just want to know the due date and website so i can so my creative writing to children around the world
    P.S. I would like to know if i am allowed to take other ideas from books


  8. Hi My name is Raghu, I just want to know when the due date is because I would love to share my writing with kids that don’t have books


  9. Hello’My name is Tida and I would love to sign in for the 500 word story.I am only 8 years old.So I want to win because I want my soccer shoes badly.BY!


    1. The prizes have been donated by various businesses and charities, such as Marymead, Oz Harvest and Anglicare. The top prizes are big cash prizes donated by AJ Gallagher and HESTA. There are also movie, book vouchers and signed books from Jackie French. Plus, your poem or story will be published online. Hope that answers your question, Justasking! 🙂


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