2018 Theme: ON THE EDGE

The 2018 competition is now open! Entries close Monday 24 September 2018.

We look forward to receiving the creative and inspiring entries from young poets and short story writers in the Canberra region.

Click on the ‘How To Enter’ link at the top of the page to enter.


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 2017 competition Winning and Highly Commended students from the following schools:

St Bede’s PS, Red Hill

St Thomas Aquinas PS, West Belconnen  

Canberra Girls Grammar School

St John Vianney’s PS, Waramanga

Belconnen High School

Telopea Park School

Merici College

Canberra Grammar School

Thank you to our sponsors!




54 thoughts on “2018 Theme: ON THE EDGE

      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!


  1. 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?


  2. 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!


  3. 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!


  4. 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


  5. 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


  6. 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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