The Golden Pen


The Golden Pen Writing Award is back and we are very excited to announce this year’s theme, Everyday Magic. Are you a young writer, keen to share your stories with the world?  This writing competition is the perfect place to start flexing your creativity. We can’t wait to read the stories you have bubbling away in your brains... Perhaps it’s about a magical creature? Or an everyday object, which is actually a portal to a new world? Maybe you find magic in the beauty of nature, such as a rainbow on a stormy day, or a dandelion full of wishes waiting to be blown into the breeze. The options are as limitless as your imagination.   Open across three age categories and blind judged by a star panel of authors, winners will be announced at a special event at Scribblers Festival Family Weekend on 7 May and could win up to $500 in cash and more amazing prizes.  

To enter, create a story no more than 3000 words in any format you like, from poetry to prose to comics responding to this year’s theme, and submit by 20 March 2022. Click on the links below to find out the finer details and to submit your work. To stay up to date with Scribblers news and events, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and sign up to Become a Scribbler to receive our email news.

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 (Residents of Western Australia only)

  • Senior – Years 9-12
  • Middle – Years 7-8
  • Junior – Years 4-6

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 2022 Application Form

Please complete the following form for your Individual Entry to The Golden Pen Writing Award 2022. Individuals are welcome to submit up to three entries, however each submission requires its own Entry Form. The 2022 theme is: Everyday Magic. The competition is open for submissions from 10 November 2021 to 20 March 2022.



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 goldenpen@scribblersfestival.com.au

Parent/ Guardian Details & Consent

Your Entry

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Please complete the following form for your Class Entry to The Golden Pen Writing Award 2022.

Class Teachers are welcome to submit up to three entries per student. The 2022 theme is: Everyday Magic. The competition is open for submissions from 10 November 2021 to 20 March 2022.

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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