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Jacaranda’s Writing Competition

Got a story to share? You’re invited to put your writing skills to the test! Jacaranda’s writing competition is now open to current English teachers and their Years 7-12 students until June 26th, 2020.

For the first time, Jacaranda will be publishing winning stories in our new English titles, making this a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to have your work published while helping teach future students the art of writing. We have a broad range of categories to suit all writers (short story, essay, poetry, flash fiction or micro-fiction) and plenty of prizes to be won.

What are you waiting for? Submit your entry today!

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Open to current teachers and students in Years 7-12 of Australian Secondary Schools.
A winner will be picked from each of the below groups:

Teacher

Student
Years 7-9

Student
Years 10-12

To give writers of all styles a chance to compete, we have five writing categories:

Short story

4000 word limit
(Fiction or Non-Fiction)

Essay

2000 word limit
(Theme: COVID-19 Pandemic)

Poetry

No word limit
(Fiction or Non-Fiction)

Flash Fiction

1000 word limit

Micro-Fiction

300 word limit

How to Enter

Entry to Jacaranda’s Writing Competition is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Learn how to submit your writing below:

Step 1: To enter, submit a piece of writing for one of the following genres: short story, essay, poem, flash fiction or micro-fiction

Step 2: Check to make sure you follow the Submission Guidelines below

Step 3: Submit your entry at: judgify.me/jacarandacomp by June 26th, 2020

Make sure you check out the competition details below including guidelines, rules and prizes!

Please note: If you are under 18 years of age, your age must be verified by a parent’s/guardian’s signature on a consent form. Teachers may not sign consent forms on behalf of students. We recommend that a parent or guardian check the entry before submission. Please click here to download your form.  

A new Jacaranda English 7 title is coming for 2021!

This brand-new WRITEABLE TEXTBOOK is suitable for all curricula and has been built from the ground up using feedback from Australian teachers of English.

Competiton details

  • SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    You must submit your work according to the guidelines listed below.

    Format
    – Your entry must be written in English
    – Your entry must have a title
    – The text and title font must be 12pt Times New Roman
    – Your entry must be typed with double line spacing
    – Your entry must be submitted as an electronic file. Please provide a Word document or PDF (JPEGS etc. will not be accepted)

    Word Limit
    – Short story (4000-word limit – fiction or non-fiction)
    – Essay (2000-word limit – Theme: COVID-19 Pandemic; any type of essay is acceptable)
    – Poetry (no word limit – fiction or non-fiction)
    – Flash fiction (1000-word limit)
    – Micro-fiction (300-word limit)

    Other Requirements
    – As submissions may be used in a Year 7 textbook, your entry must be appropriate for an audience of Year 7-8 readers
    – You can only submit one entry per person
    – Minors (under the age of 18) must have a parent or legal guardian sign the consent form and include this as an attachment with their submission

  • RULES

    Eligibility
    This contest is open to any current teachers (teaching Years 7-12) and any current students in Years 7-12 of Australian Secondary Schools. We will only accept one submission per person.

    Format of Entry
    You must submit your work according to the guidelines listed below.

    – Your entry must be written in English.
    – Your story must have a title.
    – The text and title font must be 12pt Times New Roman. Your story must be typed with double line spacing.
    – Story must be submitted as an electronic file. Please provide a Word document or PDF. (JPEGs will not be accepted.)
    – Minors (under the age of 18) must have a parent or legal guardian sign the consent form and include this as an attachment with their submission

    Original Work
    Entry must be your own original work that has been written only by you.
    Plagiarism will result in disqualification from the competition.
    Entries that have been previously published, or submitted in any other writing competition will not be accepted.

    Categories
    There will be three main entry groups: Teacher, Student (Years 7-9) and Student (Years 10-12). These will be split into the following five categories:

    – Short story (4000-word limit – fiction or non-fiction)
    – Essay (2000-word limit – Theme: COVID-19 Pandemic; any type of essay is acceptable)
    – Poetry (no word limit – fiction or non-fiction)
    – Flash fiction (1000-word limit)
    – Micro-fiction (300-word limit)

    Contest Entry Period
    Entries will be accepted from 27 April 2020 to 26 June 2020.
    Submissions will not be accepted after the closing date.

    Judging
    Entries will be judged by a panel of Jacaranda editors and guest judges. Judges notes will not be made available to contestants.

    Your submission will be judged on the following areas:

    Short Story/ Flash Fiction / Micro-Fiction / Poetry
    – Concept/Plot
    – Tone/Voice
    – Organisation/Development
    – Spelling and Grammar
    – Style

    Essay
    – Argument
    – Tone/Voice
    – Organisation/Development
    – Spelling and Grammar
    – Style

    Winner Announcement
    Category winners will be notified by email by August 31st 2020. Any applicable submissions will be published in Jacaranda’s new English resources. Submissions and winners’ names may be published on Jacaranda’s website and social media pages. Jacaranda reserves the right to make the winning entries available on Jacaranda’s website for public view.

    Terms and Conditions
    For full terms and conditions, please visit: jacaranda.com.au/2020-writing-competition-terms-conditions/

  • PRIZES

    There are 39 prizes and accolades to be won:

    Short Story
    Teacher First Prize – $200 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 7-9) First Prize – $200 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 10-12) First Prize – $200 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Essay
    Teacher First Prize – $200 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 7-9) First Prize – $200 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 10-12) First Prize – $200 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Poetry
    Teacher First Prize – $200 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 7-9) First Prize – $200 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 10-12) First Prize – $200 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Flash Fiction
    Teacher First Prize – $100 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 7-9) First Prize – $100 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 10-12) First Prize – $100 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Micro Fiction
    Teacher First Prize – $100 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Teacher honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 7-9) First Prize – $100 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Student (Year 10-12) First Prize – $100 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) Second prize – $50 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) honourable mentions – Publication in Jacaranda English resources

    Pandemic Prize
    Special Pandemic Prizes awarded to the best pandemic-themed entries from any of the five categories.

    Teacher First Prize – $100 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 7-9) First Prize – $100 and publication in Jacaranda English resources
    Student (Year 10-12) First Prize – $100 and publication in Jacaranda English resources

  • FAQs

    Here are answers to commonly asked questions about the competition.

    Who can enter?
    Current English teachers (teaching Years 7-12) and students in Years 7-12 of Australian Secondary Schools.

    How many times can you enter?
    You can only submit one entry per person.

    What are the submission dates?
    Entries will be accepted from 27 April 2020 to 26 June 2020.
    Submissions will not be accepted after the closing date.

    Do I need parental consent?
    If you are under 18 years of age, your age must be verified by a parent’s/guardian’s signature on a consent form. Teachers may not sign consent forms on behalf of students. We recommended that a parent or guardian check the entry before submission. Please click here to download your form.

    Your parent or legal guardian can print and sign the form or use an Adobe digital signature. Please attach the signed copy of the consent form to your entry submission.

    I don’t see my question. Who can I contact?
    Please email connect@wiley.com with any additional questions and/or comments and we’ll get back to you within 2-3 business days.