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Writing Competition – Writing Classes For Kids and Adults

Competition closes 30th June 2013

The theme for this competition is ‘real’.


Winners in each category will receive

1.         A detailed five-page manuscript assessment

2.         2 x e-books on writing from the 10 Top Writing Tips series.


Anyone, anywhere in the world, but your entry must be submitted in English.


  • Entry for children and teens is FREE
  • A $10 fee to cover judging and administration costs is payable for ADULTS. Payments can be made here.


The competitions will be judged in 3 categories:

  • 8 to 12 year-old writers
  • teen writers
  • adult writers


Please make sure your submission follows these guidelines:

Submissions must be no longer than 500 words. They can be a complete story or just a part of one.

All entries must be in the following format:

  • 12 point type…Arial or Times Roman
  • Double spaced (between the lines). To double space your work, select it and go to the format menu, select paragraph and choose ‘double line’ in the ‘line spacing’ box.
  • 3cm margins all the way around

Please email your submission to Dee*at*Deescribe*dot*com*dot*au

All emails should include the following information in the subject line:

  • Name of writer
  • Name of story
  • Age category being entered
  • Name of competition

Competitions exclude picture books and poetry. 

More information at http://writingclassesforkids.com/competitions-2/



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Thanks and congratulations to everyone who entered our Journeys Writing Competition.

Due to the huge number of high quality entries, this competition was extremely difficult to judge. For this reason we have awarded extra prizes in the 8 to 12 category.

Two, second place winners will receive a free e-book on writing, 10 Top Writing Tips: What to Write About https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/250240

Once again, there were some fabulous original story ideas with great characters.

Some stories were funny, some were sad; each one was unique and had something appealing to offer readers.


Don’t be disheartened if you didn’t win this time. Writing a story and entering it in a competition are both huge achievements.

Some general tips for those who want to work on their stories further.

1.            Read your story out loud before you submit it – that way you’ll be able to tell if there are words missing.

2.            Try and hook your reader from the start with an interesting character, event or setting.

3.            Sometimes we include things on the first page of a story that don’t need to be there. Look at the second page of your story. Would this be a better place to start?

4.            Try to keep ‘tense’ consistent. If you are writing in ‘past tense’ about something that has already happened, keep writing in ‘past tense’. If you start writing in ‘present tense’ (in the here and now), keep writing in this tense.

5.            Show your story to someone who hasn’t seen it and ask them if it makes sense or if there are any bits that are confusing. These might need to be changed.

6.            Instead of telling the reader what’s happening to your main character, try to show it through actions and conversations between characters.

Congratulations to all the worthy winners and to everyone who wrote a story and had the courage to enter it.



Age 8-12

First Place Phuong Pham Heist
Equal 2nd Place Ruth Mukheibir Dust
Equal 2nd Place Nikki Wong Journey Towards Better Things
Highly Commended Felicia The Last Free horse
Highly Commended Byron Kunert A Wasted Journey
Highly Commended Celine NG The Autograph
Highly Commended Darby Welberry Deer King
Highly Commended Isabelle England Swim
Highly Commended Kate Reynolds Doreen Hollows Seat for Dreaming
Highly Commended Venika Vachani One Last Journey
Highly Commended Zoe Dalziel Travel Across the Plain
Commended Alex Blondale Food Island
Commended Amelia Wilson-Williams The Crystal of the Universe
Commended Bryce Thomson Journey
Commended Grace Begines Life’s Journey
Commended Eva Farutin The Last Journey of Emily Cricke
Commended Makenzie O’Brien Conflict on Vacation
Commended Olivia Palmeri The Journey Home
Commended Rachel The Magical Christmas Journey
Commended Victoria Parkes Space
Commended Veronica Hester The Journey of a Dandelion
Commended William Johnson The Space Journey

Teen Category

First Place Evelyn Taliette Reflections of Another
Highly Commended Elizabeth Jade One Last Run
Highly Commended Tabitha Neil Finding Taylor
Highly Commended Alexis Bloom Hallucination Nightmare
Commended Kimberley Rance Money, Love, Freedom
Commended Emily Nicole Persons Walk After Death
Commended Jaidev Shah The Compass

Adult Category 

First Place Vicki Griffin Journey’s End
Highly Commended Catherine Pelosi Hysteria
Commended Lee Barton The Mouse in the Mill

Thanks again for entering our competition. All prize winners certificates will be sent out over the next few days, and book winners should receive their prizes shortly.

First place winners in the 8-12 and teen categories also receive a five-page manuscript assessment and our adult winner receives a ten-page manuscript. First place winners, please email your five pages, double-spaced in 12 point font with 3cm margins all round to dee*at*deescribe*dot*com*dot*au 

Happy writing:)



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