Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about our writing competitions:

Why do you run these competitions?

To encourage and support new and young writers.

What format do I need to submit my entry in?

Your story should be double-spaced, Times New Roman font or similar, 12 point font.

What does double-spaced mean?

It means there are two lines between each line of text.

Can I send my story as an attachment?

No. You need to paste it into the body of the email.

What do I need to put in the subject line of the email?

Your name, the age group you are entering, the name of your story and the name of the competition you are entering.

Do I have to live in Australia or US to enter this competition?

No. As long as your entry is written in English, you can enter from anywhere in the world.

What does ‘Commended’ mean?

‘Commended’ means your story has some merit but it needs more work. You can get some tips from the judge’s report on how to make your story stronger.

What does ‘Highly Commended’ mean?

‘Highly Commended’ means that your story was of a high standard and may need only minor adjustments.

Why doesn’t my certificate have my name on it?

Unfortunately individually naming certificates is no longer possible due to the large number of entries we receive. We are doing everything possible to keep these competitions free for kids and teens and so we are trying to keep the administration costs down.

ALL kids and teens receive a certificate in our competitions.


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  2. Ellis Mak says:

    Hi Dee

    How do we check on the result?


  3. Sony Varghese says:

    I understand that the theme is ‘fall’. Is the season ‘fall’ or the noun ‘fall’? Should stories be based on the word ‘Fall’ ?
    Thanks for your response !

    • Hi Sony,

      Your story can be based around all of these things or the noun fall or whatever your interpretation of the word is.

      I look forward to reading your story.

      Happy writing:)


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