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New Writing

Memories and Milestones

Write a poem (up to 16 lines) that draws on your own experiences. Ordinary or exciting, think about memories that might be relatable to other young people.


See our blog for prompts and notes.

Terms and Conditions below


Years 4-6 - Two winners  $30 Scorpio Books Voucher

Years 7-8 - Two winners  $30 Scorpio Books Voucher

Years 9-10 - Two winners $30 Scorpio Books Voucher


Many thanks to Scorpio Books for assisting with prizes for this competition.


DEADLINE: FRIDAY 15th April 2023


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?

  • Poem limit:  16 lines

  • 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 June 1 2023

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

Closing date: Friday April 15 2023


Winning entries will be published in Write On: Issue 60 July 2023. Winners will be contacted mid May 2023


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


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