Insight Writing Competition 2021

Insight Publications Creative Writing Competition for 2022.

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

Who can enter? 

You must be enrolled in Years 7–12 in Australian secondary education to take part in this competition.  

How many times can you enter? 

You can only submit one entry.


There is an optional theme that you may use to inspire your entry; however, you are not required to write to this or any other theme. 

The optional theme is: Look for the magic in every moment. 


There will be six categories: 

    • Year 7 
    • Year 8 
    • Year 9 
    • Year 10 
    • Year 11 
    • Year 12. 

You must only submit an entry in the category that corresponds to your current year level or homeschool equivalent. 

 Original work 

Entries must be your own original work. This means that your work must not be written by, or in conjunction with, your friends, family, teachers or parents. 

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You will be automatically disqualified from the competition if any plagiarised work is submitted. 

Entries that have been previously published or submitted in any other writing competition will not be accepted.

Word count 

The word length of your story must not exceed 1400 words. 

Written statement 

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

    • your motivation for writing 
    • the creative inspiration for your entry 
    • 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 creative piece 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

If you have any queries, please email

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