Insight Writing Competition 2021

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 Insight Creative Writing Competition!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition this year. We were extremely impressed by the calibre of writing and creativity in this year’s entries. It was the first time we opened up the competition nationally, and we were very excited to read stories from young writers across the country.

Congratulations to all the winners!

 Insight Creative Writing Competition 2021 Winners

Year 7Year 8Year 9
First PrizeEmily WuJulia MashfordWilliam Semple
Second PrizeCharlotte DyerAlina ChaudhryDaniel Justin
Third PrizeJasmine RuffinLeann SequeiraMuntaha Yashfee
Highly CommendedNani JayakodySarah MansfieldHafsa Moosani
Highly CommendedMaddison WeeksKade HydeIvy Li
Year 10Year 11Year 12
First PrizeCharlize MirandaTasmin EngelhardElise Ho
Second PrizeJanice HanVictoria CarrEvie Bradley
Third PrizeEmma GuthrieSarah LamRylee Morgan
Highly CommendedHazel PoundTully CombridgeJane Lienert
Highly CommendedLauren EvansJanvier ValmikiCindy Tran
Iris Breuer Writing Award
Elise Ho


Insight Publications Creative Writing Competition for 2021.

This competition aims to ignite a passion for creative writing in secondary-school students and to inspire the voices of the future.

Themes and word count

Each story must be written to the theme: A flash of inspiration. The word count should be as outlined below.

  • Year 7: 400 – 800 words
  • Year 8: 400 – 800 words
  • Year 9: 600 – 1100 words
  • Year 10: 600 – 1100 words
  • Year 11: 900 – 1400 words
  • Year 12: 900 – 1400 words

Stories must also be accompanied by a 100-word statement that addresses at least one of the following:

  • your motivation for writing
  • your creative inspiration
  • your aspirations for future writing.

This written statement will be used to help determine the winner of a special award that honours the legacy of a founding member of Insight Publications, Iris Breuer.

The Iris Breuer Writing Award will take both the short story and the written statement into account. This award seeks to recognise and celebrate young people’s engagement with and passion for writing and literature.


Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11Year 12
First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $50
First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $50
First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $175
Third Prize: $100
First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $175
Third Prize: $100
First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $225
Third Prize: $150
First Prize: $300
Second Prize $225
Third Prize: $150

Iris Breuer Writing Award: $200

Insight Writing Competition 2019 – Winners

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