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New Writing

Uncommon Sense

Write a super-short short story (up to 400 words) in which a character has a super sense.

How do they use their super sense?

Have they just discovered it or have they always had it? How does this super sense affect them or impact others?

Try to reveal the supersense rather than telling us straight out.


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Terms and Conditions below


Two winners in each age group will receive a $30 Scorpio Books Voucher.



Write On - Competition Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions


Please read the, competition guidelines, terms and conditions below.


  • All submissions must be via our online form using the ENTER NOW button above.

  • Please take a moment to check your writing- is it your very best work?

  • Story Word Limit: 400 words

  • Ask a teacher or parent to read it over and give you some feedback.

  • Please format your work in size 12, Times New Roman, black.

  • No pictures or illustrations please - let your wonderful writing create the pictures.

  • Please make sure the title of your entry is at the top of your page.

  • All entries will be judged blind, so please do not include your name or school on your entry.

  • Work can be entered as .doc or .pdf files only.

  • Please make sure you pay your entry fee. This goes towards paying the judges. We are a charitable organisation. Please pay your entry fee ($5.00 per individual entry, or $25.00 for each six entries from a school to our Bank Account : The School for Young Writers  03 1704 0036137 000 Code: Your surname (individuals) or your school’s name (groups) Reference: COMPETITION). Schools with multiple entries may request an invoice. 

  • No simultaneous submissions - please don’t send your writing to another publication or competition until after December 1 2023

  • If you are selected as a winner we may make small edits prior to publication. 

Closing date: Friday September 29 2023


Winning entries will be published in Write On: Issue 61 Dec 2023. Winners will be contacted mid November 2023.


No correspondence will be entered in to. The judges’ decision is final.


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