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Get Writing Prize

Entries are now closed. 

Thank you to everyone who entered in 2017! The winners will be announced on Friday 21 July 2017 at the USQ Alumni Network's Bookcase event

Are you the next Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling?

If you are a high school student in years 7-12 with a passion for writing poetry or short stories this competition is for you! Enter to win some cool prizes including membership to your local State/Territory Writers Centre and $200 worth of prizes.

Get Writing Ambassador  

Spotlight on: Emma Mactaggart 

Emma Mctaggart

Emma Mactaggart is an award winning author and publisher, who has been teaching the craft of writing and illustrating to children and adults for the last ten years via her Child Writes program. She is the largest publisher in the world of children’s picture book written by children for children! She is a regular guest on ABC Southern Queensland with Belinda Sanders talking about books, and if she isn’t consuming them herself, she is creating them. Her latest project is a collaborative effort with author Jo-Ann Capp, a novella ‘Four Hot Chips’. Emma is also the founder of the International Read to Me! Day Campaign, focusing every year, on March 19 on the importance of reading regularly to children.In 2017 Emma also ran free creative writing workshops for high schools student on-campus at USQ Toowoomba as part of the Get Writing Prize. 

Emma also runs a national writing competition for children, the National Child Writes Competitions, so make sure you visit Child Writes to find out how you can get involved! 

Get Writing Prizes 

A panel from the School of Arts and Communication will select a winner and runner up in each category/section.

  • Junior Poetry is open to Australian secondary school students in Years 7-9
  • Junior Short Story is open to Australian secondary school students in Years 7-9
  • Senior Poetry is open to Australian secondary school students in Years 10-12
  • Senior Short Story is open to Australian secondary school students in Years 10-12.

Please view the Terms and Conditions for details around entry requirements.


Learn more about USQ's Bachelor of Arts (Creative and Critical Writing)

For further information please contact outreach.engage@usq.edu.au.