Some kids can write something just for the joy of writing, others need a reason to write. Regardless of where your child is, entering competitions is a great way to encourage their writing.
Competitions give kids the following:
- A deadline – there is a closing date that kids have to work to
- Word limit – many kids write stories that are either too long or too short. Having a word limit means that kids learn how to craft a story to fit the word limit
- Topic – some competitions have topics for young writers to interpret, giving kids a framework for their stories
- Polishing – before entering the competition, kids need to edit and polish their story. The editing process is often forgotten for the next story idea, so having a reason to polish and edit their story
- Prizes – many competitions also have prizes, anything from cash to books. Not every child will win a competition, but the results can be amazing
Here are some places you can find writing competitions:
- we post any we hear about on our Facebook page
- local libraries often host competitions, or post about them via their Youth Librarian
- State & National libraries
- look at your local council website and local newspaper
- websites and Facebook pages of publishers and book review websites
This is just a start. If you know any other places to add to this list, please add a comment.