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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 great prizes including membership to Express Media - the peak organisation for young Australian writers, mentoring by USQ staff or students, writer's toolboxes, QBD vouchers and more.

Find out how to enter and read our terms and conditions to learn more. Looking for inspiration? Join us on Wednesday 14 March, online or on-campus in Toowoomba, for a free creative writing workshop run by our Get Writing Prize Ambassador, Emma Mactaggart. 

Get Writing Prize 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! 

Want to know more? 

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