Our 2017 Comp and Winners

The Competition

We are thrilled to launch the third year of the Pens Against Poverty schools writing competition, for all those young writers out there looking to write for a cause. Anti-Poverty Week ACT is focusing on the very important area of homelessness and poverty through the theme, “The Other Side”

Pens Against Poverty is a writing competition open to anyone in years 3-6 and 7-8. It is an opportunity for students to write a short story or poem (up to 500 words) on the 2015 theme ‘The Other Side.’

There are two categories (by school years) with heaps of prizes and awards to be won.

The closing date is September 22, 2017 and prizes will be awarded in Anti-Poverty Week (October 15 – 21).

For more information see ‘How to Enter’

2017 Finals Judge:
Jackie French


Jackie French was the finals judge for the 2017 competition.

Jackie is author of ‘Walking the Boundaries’, ‘Diary of a Wombat’ and ‘Nanberry’ and was the Australian National Children’s Laureate for 2014 and 2015. Jackie’s writing career spans 25 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, and over 60 awards in Australia and overseas.

She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books.

Stay tuned for more details about the 2018 judging panel.

(Image and information from http://www.jackiefrench.com/)