June 27, 2018

Fantastic Writing Competition for Kids!

One of the best competitions for kids I’ve seen has just launched!

It’s called the Australian Creative Writing Competition and it’s for kids aged 7-12. But don’t worry – if you’re 7 you don’t have to compete against 12-year-olds as there are three categories – 7-8 years; 9-10 years and 11-12 years.
It’s being held by Just Kidding Magazine in conjunction with Penguin Random House (they’re my fabulous publisher). There are three mentoring authors – Oliver Pommovanh, Tristan Bancks and me!

There are loads of great prizes for the winners in each category including:

  • Signed copies of their mentors’ books and a personalised congratulatory video from their mentor
  • The winning story from each category will be turned into a physical book for you to keep (ten copies per winner – so you can share them with family and friends)
  • Each winning story will be published in Just Kidding Magazine alongside an interview with the author…yep that’s you! You’ll be featured as a published author!
  • A Penguin Random House bumper book pack featuring some of this years’ best reads
  • A Penguin Random House book pack for your School Library.

This is one of the most amazing writing competitions I’ve ever seen for kids (I wish they’d had something like this when I was a child). In addition, there will be loads of tips and ideas from the mentors to help you get started. So, what are you waiting for – click here to head over to the website and see exactly what you need to do.



Ashlyn Wright


Too old 🙁 Wont stop me from writing though!!

June 29, 2018 at 6:38 pm



    I’m too old as well which is disappointing as I would love to enter!

    June 30, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Jacqueline Harvey


      Sorry about that Bethany – I’ll keep my eye out for any good comps for older kids.

      July 2, 2018 at 10:48 am



        Hello Jacqueline Harvey my name is Lydia Reddy. I read 1 of your Alice-Miranda books and I Loved
        it.I tried to rewrite it but I only got through 1 chapter!

        July 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm

          Jacqueline Harvey


          Hi Lydia,

          I’m so glad that you liked the book and hopefully you’ll get to read lots more of them.

          Best wishes,

          July 31, 2018 at 2:03 pm



Dear Ms. Harvey,
How are you?
I almost finished writing for the competition! I am entering the 9 to 10 category.
Did you ever play an instrument? I play violin and piano.
Love from Jaida. oxx

June 30, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Jaida,

    I’m well thank you. Great you’re working on your entry – that’s fantastic. Yes I play the piano and when I was younger I played the flute and saxophone too (not very well!).

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline xx

    July 2, 2018 at 10:49 am

Emily Penk


This writing competition sounds great but I don’t live in Australia!Never mind, I’ll keep on writing!


July 1, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Sorry about that Emily – I’m sure there will be something else coming up you can be part of. But just keeping writing anyway :).

    Best wishes,

    July 2, 2018 at 10:47 am



When does the comp finish?

July 2, 2018 at 3:16 pm



I just had a look at the website and it turns out that Jaqueline is my age mentor! Great stuff!

July 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm



Hi Mrs Harvey,
I love writing and wish to be an author when I grow up like you. BTW, how much does the competition cost to enter? Just asking. I also love the new Alice Miranda in Scotland. It’s very captivating. Is it the real Loch Ness monster? Thank you for your time.


July 5, 2018 at 4:26 pm



Hi Mrs Harvey,
I am so excited that I can right in the competition! Can you write more than one piece of writing? I am entering the 9-10yr old section and I am so happy your are my mentor! I will try my hardest. Good luck to everyone else that’s entering too.


July 5, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Caroline,

    You’ll have to check the conditions to see if you can enter more than once. I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to that. Good luck!

    Best wishes,

    July 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Nandu unicorn sparkle


Hi I really love your books

Will the writing completion allow fan fiction and can more then one people work on the book?

By unicorn

August 27, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Jacqueline Harvey



    I think fan fiction is okay but I am not sure about two authors. You need to read the conditions of entry that you will find on the Just Kidding website.

    Best of luck!


    August 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm



hello jacqueline I love writing but normally I write comics but any way I’m in the 9-10s and I’ve sent my story. It is called the unbelievable adventures of captain banana split and it has 560 words. When I grow up I want to be a famous author. When do the competition start sending messages about who’s the winner and stuff. P.s have you heard of the author r.l.stine. One of my favourite authors.

September 8, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi DJ,

    I’m not sure when the winners will be announced but I imagine it will be in the next few weeks. It sounds like you really enjoy your writing – keep it up. You never know where it might take you.

    Best wishes,

    September 9, 2018 at 10:55 am



Hello Jacqueline I love to write but normally I write comics any way I sent my story. It’s called the unbelievable adventures of captain banana split. When would the competition send a message about who is the winner and stuff. P.s have you heard of the author r.l.stine. One of my favourite authors.

September 8, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi DJ,

    Yes I have heard of RL Stine. But I hate to admit that I’ve never actually read one of his books. The Goosebumps series has been hugely popular for many years.

    Best wishes,

    September 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm



I enetered the competition! I had writing block and it took a long time, then I put ideas into a bowl and pulled them out blindfolded! I loved the topic I ended up having. I really hope you get to read it, Jacqueline! (Even though your not my age mentor)

September 25, 2018 at 9:47 am



My name’s Clea. I went to one of your writing workshops in July (it was great). I entered the contest and the website said the results would be posted early September. Just wondering if you knew when they would release it.
From Me (Clea)

October 10, 2018 at 2:42 pm



Hi Jacqueline,
Do you gave any idea when are the results going to be displayed? I have been checking on the website and it’s now past the due date (26.10.18 was the due date, currently it is November…) , but I still don’t see any results! So sad…
I’m fine if I don’t win, but I really want to know the results!!

November 2, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Rifa,

    I have given my decision to the magazine and I think they must be on the verge of the announcement. There were over a thousand entries – amazing! I’ll check with my publisher and see if I can get any updates. I had thought it would have been announced by now too :).

    Best wishes,

    November 3, 2018 at 8:55 am



Hey same with me I can’t find any results for it. I entered probably wont win though

November 12, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Mara,

    I’m sure they must be going to announce the winner very soon – it does seem to be taking a while longer than I thought.

    Best wishes,

    November 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm



Hey Jacqueline when will the winner results comemout because i really need to know

January 4, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Mellinda,

    The winners have been notified but the announcement will be happening in February I believe.

    Best wishes,

    January 27, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Kenzie Dorsa


I play the clarinet. This is going to be my second year of it (2019)
Love your books Jacqueline 🙂
Can’t wait for the third Kensy and Max book to be released! I bet its going to be shocking :0 !!
~Kenzie D.

January 27, 2019 at 9:24 pm



How do you enter it is not working for me

July 8, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Gloria,

    Unfortunately, this competition was from 2018, so is no longer open. However, I have a writing competition this newsletter if you would like to enter that (to sign up click the yellow sun on the top right corner of my website). 🙂

    Happy writing,


    July 19, 2021 at 6:53 pm



I really wish I knew how to enter. I already have a 4 chapter book. It’s 720 words which is too long to enter In the other story writing competition that In doing at my school. I had to cut so many things out of it already. I still have all of it saved on my computer though.

August 9, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Isabelle,

    There may be some more writing competitions in the future – all my competitions are on my newsletters (click the big yellow sun in the top right hand corner of my website to sign up).

    Happy writing,

    Jacqueline 🙂

    September 5, 2021 at 9:48 am

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