Calling all young daydreamers, storytellers, and change-makers! We know your imaginations and lives are full of stories, and we want you to put them on paper.

This year’s theme is: Planet Earth

What comes to mind when you hear the words, Planet Earth? Perhaps you dream of visiting outer space and looking at Earth from afar? Or you have a plan that’ll save Earth from extinction? Maybe you’re the discoverer of a new fauna or flora species? Is there some small part of our planet that holds a special place in your heart? No matter what it is that sparks your story, we want to hear it!  

In 3000 words or less, send us your fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comic, or graphic novel about Planet Earth by Tuesday, 31 March 2020.
Who can enter?
There are three age categories:
Junior (Primary School students aged 10-12), Middle (High School students aged 12-14) and Senior (High School Students aged 15-17). A winning entrant will be chosen from each category by a panel of judges, and announced at The YA Collective on Saturday, 9 May 2020. A winning entrant will be chosen from each category by a panel of judges.

What could you win?  
Shortlisted entrants from the Senior and Middle categories will be invited to attend a writing masterclass with one of our Scribblers Festival 2020 authors and will receive a $100 Festival bookshop voucher, and the overall winners from these two categories will win a cash prize of $500 each.

Shortlisted entrants from our Junior Primary School category will receive a $50 Festival bookshop voucher and the overall winner will win a cash prize of $200. Shortlisted entrants will be announced on our website, social media, and by email, in April 2020.

Our thanks to our Festival bookshop partner Boffins Books for kindly supporting The Golden Pen Award book voucher prizes.

A winning piece will be chosen from each category and announced at The YA Collective on Saturday, 9 May 2020. All shortlisted winners will have their works published right here on our website.

What are we looking for?  
All entries will be read and judged by a panel of educators, librarians, publishers, and VIP Festival guests. As this is a creative competition we invite all sorts of genres, including fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comic, and graphic novels. Entries will be judged on the originality of the theme, story development, and quality of writing. Please note, due to the high number of entries, individual feedback will not be provided.

How do you enter?  
By submitting your entry, you ensure you have read and understood the Terms & Conditions and you have parental approval to participate in the competition. If posted, all entries must be postmarked by 31 March 2020. Late entries will not be accepted. If you are an individual entrant, please download this Entry Form. Teachers, download this Class Entry Form. Submit your Entry Form in one of two ways:  

By post:  
Please send a hard copy of your entry and Entry Form, and post to: Scribblers Festival PO Box 443 Claremont, WA 6910  

By email:
Please send us an email with a digital version of your entry and Entry Form attached to hello@scribblersfestival.com.au.  

Need some tips & tricks?  
We’re here to inspire you and support you on your creative journey! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for inspiration, and sift through our Blog for creative writing ideas to help you get started on your masterpiece.  Know others that might like to enter? Share the magic of story making by downloading this Golden Pen Media Kit
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