The Golden Pen

Have you got a story to tell? Perhaps there’s a small creature, with a big dilemma? Or a big house with small residents? Maybe it’s a big idea, told from a small voice? This year’s Golden Pen Writing Award theme is BIG & SMALL. Ideas are only limited by your imagination, so if you’re in Years 4-12, we want you to put pen to paper and think about the world around you, within you and your place within it.
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What are the prizes?

There are some fantastic prizes to be won by shortlisted entrants including, bookshop vouchers and a creative writing Masterclass with a Festival author from the 2021 Festival program.

Winning entrants will win a cash prize of up to $500, Festival Book Shop vouchers and a creative writing Masterclass!

See the Terms & Conditions for detailed prize information.

How do I enter my story?

Open to Western Australia residents across three age categories, you are invited to tackle the theme through fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comics or graphic novels – we’ll let you choose your creative path. Be sure to follow our Blog for tips and tricks on creating your masterpiece!

Competition Categories

Blind-judged by a star panel of authors, winners will be announced at a special event across the Festival Family Weekend on 8-9 May 2021.

To apply online or via post, complete the Individual or Class Entry Form below, read the Terms & Conditions, and submit your creation of 3000 words or less by 21 March 2021. Finalists will be notified by email or phone the week of 19 April 2021.

The Golden Pen 2021 application form

Please complete the following form for your Individual Entry to The Golden Pen Writing Award 2021. Individuals are welcome to submit up to three entries, however each submission requires its own Entry Form. The competition theme is Big & Small, and is open for submissions, 5 November 2020 to 21 March 2021.  

Please Note

• Applicant’s name should appear on Entry Form only, and not on the pages of submission.  
• The title of the work should be included on each page of the submission.
• Page numbers should be included on the submission.
• Any documents that are received (electronically or via post) will not be returned to the sender. Please ensure you keep your own copies.
•Due to number of entries, we are not able to provide feedback or critiques.  

Postal Entry

If you wish to submit a printed copy of your work via post, please print this Entry Form from your web browser and post along with your submission to:

Scribblers Festival
PO Box 443
Claremont WA 6910

Applicant Details

If you have any questions or trouble submitting your work, please contact us at goldenpen@scribblersfestival.com.au

Parent/ Guardian Details & Consent

Your Entry

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Please select the Year Group you will be in 2021:

Title of Work:

Style of work:

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Please complete the following form for your Class Entry to The Golden Pen Writing Award 2021.

Class Teachers are welcome to submit up to three entries per student. The competition theme is Big & Small, and is open for submissions, 29 October 2020 to 21 March 2021.

Please Note

Applicants’ names should appear on Entry Form only, and not on the pages of submission.  
• The title of the work should be included on each page of the submission.
• Page numbers should be included on the submission.
• Any documents that are received (electronically or via post) will not be returned to the sender. Please ensure you keep your own copies.
• Due to number of entries, we are not able to provide feedback or critiques.  

For your Class Entry, please include a Class List document, as follows:

• An Excel document including the full name of each student, title of their work and word count.
• This document must be provided in Excel format, please do not upload a PDF.
• Please upload the Class List in the field below as a separate document, and all submissions (PDF or Word Docs) as either individual documents or one document containing all submissions.

Class Application Details

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