Win $500 for you, $5000 for your school & a chance to have your story published

Written Portraits: A National Creative Writing Competition for Australian Teenagers is a collaborative project of Forming Circles Pty Ltd & Green Olive Press

Australian High School students, between the ages of 13 and 18, are 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 something that resonates with them. It may be an object, a person, a fictional character, or whatever this theme represents for them, just as long as it includes an issue that is important to them as a young person living in Australia.

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.

Key Competition Dates

  • Monday 17th March 2014 – Entries open
  • Friday 9th May, 2014 – Entries close
  • September 2014 – Book launch & announcement of the winners
Call for entries 17th March to 9th May 2014

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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