Spencil Writers Prize 2022

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Sharpen your pencils, the Spencil Writer's Prize is back for 2022!

This June school holidays, we are inviting kids up to 13 years to get creative and share your pieces of writing to be in the running to win some epic prizes!

Here at Spencil, we love celebrating and encouraging creativity in kids and we can't wait to see your masterpieces!

If you've got a budding Andy Griffiths, Roald Dahl or Agatha Christie in your house, give them something fun to do these school holidays and enter the Spencil Writers Prize!

There will be a winner in each of the two age categories:

8 Years & Younger


9-13 Years

Keep scrolling to enter your little writer's tantalizing tales, poetic prose of crafty comics!

You can win EPIC prizes!

The winner of each category will receive this amazing prize pack and have their story turned into a printed hard-copy book to keep as a timeless treasure!

Step One

Write a short story, poem or comic (500 word limit) and feel free to illustrate it too! The more individuality and flair you want to add to your piece the better, so let your imagination run wild!

Step Two

Once entries launch on the 23 June, come back to this page and upload your masterpiece. It's a simple as that!

Nansi Kunze began her working life as a teacher, and spent several years teaching kids and adults all kinds of extremely important skills – such as how to mummify your friends in foil and toilet paper, and the correct pronunciation of Australian slang – before becoming a full-time writer in 2008. Her books include the Make the Future! hands-on sustainability series and three Young Adult mystery novels: Mishaps, Dangerously Placed and Kill the Music. You can find out more about Nansi and her books at her website: www.nansikunze.com .

Our winners will receive Nansi’s Make the Future! hands-on sustainability series as part of their awesome book prize pack! How cool is that?!

Rebecca writes stories and poetry for children, and flash fiction (short short stories!) for grown-ups. Her work has been published in Australian magazines and in anthologies in Australia and internationally. When she’s not busy writing, Rebecca is the managing editor of Alphabet Soup – a website for kids who love books and creative writing. ⁠

Alphabet Soup:

Alphabet Soup showcases the book reviews, stories and poetry of young writers. On the website you’ll also find interviews with children’s authors and illustrators, and a list of writing and art competitions for kids. ⁠Check out Alphabet Soup: www.alphabetsoup.net.au

Entries are now open!

Submit your kids' masterpice by clicking on the 'start' button below.

Let the magic begin...

Terms & Conditions

Entries close at 11.59pm Sunday 24 July 2022. Winners announced 8 August 2022. Open to Australian Residents only. Multiple entries per entrant will be accepted. By entering this competition, you agree to be signed up to the Spencil Mailing List and receive promotional material.