If you are a creative young writer in Year 3 – Year 10 in ACT, NSW or WA, then Pens Against Poverty is a competition for you!

ENTRIES FOR 2020 HAVE NOW CLOSED.
Thank you to every student and school who has participated!

You’re invited to join us for our online Pens Against Poverty Awards Ceremony which will be live streamed on Facebook on Thursday 15 October 2020 (1.00pm AEDT and 10.00am AWST).

CLICK HERE to RSVP to the 2020 Awards Ceremony.


The power of the pen to change the world .

Pens Against Poverty is a unique writing competition. It was created especially for young writers in New South Wales, Western Australia and the act.

The Pens Against Poverty Competition is founded on the belief that :

  • Young People want to make a difference
  • Young People have a unique voice
  • Creative writing powers the imagination

The competition is coordinated by primary teacher and academic, Kate Halcrow with Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT.

In 2020 we have also partnered with Anglicare WA and Samaritans (based in the Hunter Valley and Newcastle region).

We are actively supported by other community service organisations, including ACTCOSS, Marymead Red Cross, Uniting, Vinnies, Woden Community Service and the YWCA, and the event is an official activity of ANTI- POVERTY WEEK ACT.

The competition was conceived with the belief that students write more powerfully when given a genuine purpose and a real audience. The competition began in 2015 and each year renowned Australian author, Jackie French has been competition judge.

Pens Against Poverty demonstrates the power of poetry and fiction to heighten empathy among readers and writers, through the imagination and shared experience. The writing of young people is often raw, honest and thoroughly fresh which is the most exciting part of the competition.