Written Portraits was a 3 year project for Forming Circles

Seeing the falling literature standards in Australia, Forming Circles founder Renata Cooper was spurred to take action, funding a short story writing competition through Australian high schools in 2012, 2013 & 2014.

Each year the best stories were seclected, giving young writers the opportunity to be published

Over the 3 years, we achieved the publication of

  • 3 anthologies of short stories
  • the publication of “Scales of Time” – a fantasy novel written by two of our winners, sisters Isobel and Josephine Crnkovic.
  • the publication of “Nearly Impossible Dreams” – a unique compilation of poems written by talented 10 years old author, Tara Finn
Written Portraits Anthologies

Written Portraits 2013 in Review
Past Winners
What People Are Saying
  • It sort of proves that anyone can be the next J.K. Rowling. You can actually achieve that dream, it is not impossible as it might seem.
    Madisson LeachSutherland Shire category winner, 2012
  • It’s a great initiative and it gives young writers the chance to demonstrate their skills and their abilities and to be able to live their dream.
    Tony Fahey
    Tony FaheyPrincipal of Narooma High School
  • It was a great experience. I’ve never been exposed to anything like this before. My English teacher told me about the competition and I was pretty intrigued because I have a passion for writing.
    Eve Marden13-15 Years category winner, 2013
  • Absolutely blown away by the writing of so many of the students who entered. Incredible stories!
    Amanda WebbWritten Portraits judge
  • I entered Written Portraits because I think its great to have the opportunity to be published. And for me, I want to be a writer, that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. It’s just so important to have these opportunities.
    Jessica Reid16-18 Years category winner, 2013
  • I think competitions like this are important as they allow teens to express their voice during what can be an emotional and turbulent time in their lives. This competition encourages teens to value and hone their writing abilities and to be confident in the expression of their ideas and imaginations. This is one of the reasons I love to write YA fiction
    Jessica ShirvingtonYouth Adult author