Written Portraits: A National Creative Writing Competition for Australian Teenagers
WIN $500 FOR YOU & $5000 FOR YOUR SCHOOL AND
A CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR STORY PUBLISHED
ABOUT WRITTEN PORTRAITS
Written Portraits is a national annual writing competition that showcases young Australian writing talent and provides a creative platform for expression of inner feelings and emotions associated with being a teenager. The competition was launched in 2012 during the National Year of Reading to inspire and motivate young people to explore their writing skills, and support the need to tackle falling literacy standards in Australia.
The competition has grown since 2012, now entering its third year; Written Portraits, which is the brainchild of Renata Cooper of Forming Circles, is continuing to create opportunities for young Australian writers to be published. The past two years have been a great success and we were thrilled with how many students across Australia participated. The entries were inspired and expressive, displaying an array of strength, imagination and storytelling that exceeded all expectations.
Australian High School students, between the ages of 13 and 18 will be invited to write a short story between 800 and 1200 words that encompasses the 2014 theme People, Places and Things that Inspire Me.
The storyteller can be as expressive, creative and imaginative as they like capturing; an object, a person, a fictional character, or whatever this theme resonates with them just as long as it includes an issue that is important to them as a young person living in Australia.
Entrants may wish to seek assistance from teachers, parents, guardians, or someone with a keen eye for detail.
There are two categories in the Written Portraits’ competition:
- 13-15 years
- 16-18 years
The winner in each category will receive $500, and their school will receive $5000 towards its literacy program. The winning entries along with a selection of highly commended submissions will be published in the 2014 anthology.
Copies of past anthologies are still available for purchase from our online shop. All proceeds from the book sales go to supporting the Written Portraits Competition.
KEY COMPETITION DATES
Monday 17th March 2014 – Entries open
Friday 9th May 2014 – Entries close
September 2014 – Book Launch & Announcement of Winners
We would like to give a big thank you to our Gold sponsors, edval Timetables & iVvy Events; Silver Sponsor Buzz Web Media; our Collaborative Partner Green Olive Press, and our event partner 12 Below, for their continued support on the Written Portraits 2014 National Writing Competition.
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