Insight Writing Competition 2019


We are delighted to announce the Insight Creative Writing Competition 2019 longlist!

This year, we received hundreds of entries, and we were extremely impressed by the calibre of writing and creativity displayed. The fun, thoughtful and varied interpretations of the theme, The Price You Pay, highlighted the exciting voices and breadth of talent of up-and-coming Australian writers.

The longlist represents the top ten entries at each year level, chosen by a panel of experienced writers, editors and publishers – Congratulations!


Insight Creative Writing Competition 2019 Longlist

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Gillian AguinaldoCaitlin CooperClaudia Anthony
Imogen Balint-SmithArielle DenyerLily Bowen
Ananya ChandrasekaranAshley GollinLily Clements
Maddie DaviesKartiya GunarathnaNathan Furtado
Sophie FoaleAngelina HedrianaHaylee Hua
Dhiyaneshwaran JegadesanHarvey LamEvonne Lu
Joann Manoj JacobGyan Maharaj-HitchcockAlyssa Nikolakopoulos
Rosha MilaniCharlize MirandaJessica Mai Nguyen
Daisy RyanSarah NobleLynette Nguyen
Katerina WhiteCharlie WebbIsobel Warrillow
Year 10Year 11Year 12
Megane BoucheratEmily BothEllyse Bridge
Aarushi DuaEn Tang GuoHannah Davies
Maddison FalkinghamFreya HuttonIsabella Goudie
Wenting HanTianyue LuDaniel Ho
Phoebe HarrisLilia MidlovetsKartiya Ilardo
Isabella IngrassiaMackenzie NeilMaiysha Moin
Sayani KaluarachchiMelie ProtatEllie Pogorzelski
Rashdan MahmoodTaylah RussellPonsruthi Ponnarasu
Sky WangMia TikellisSally Ryan
Emily ZhangAj XiangIlanda Tran


Next steps:

Shortlisted entrants will be notified via email by Thursday 7 November 2019.

Our external judging panel, consisting of six award-winning Australian authors, will then decide on the prize winners for each year level.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s competition! And good luck to all longlisted entrants.

Insight Publications Creative Writing Competition for 2019.

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: The price you pay. 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.


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
If you have any queries, please email