May 01, 2020

With all this extra time spent at home, self-isolation might just be the perfect time to enter some competitions for primary and high school students. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

For: Years 7-10

UNSW Press is offering a $500 book voucher and the chance to be published as the top prize in this science writing competition for high school students. This year’s theme is ‘Big Ideas Saving the Planet’, where you’ll have 800 words to pen an essay about any kind of technology, thinking or start-up that has climate change action at its core.

How to enter: Click here to visit the competition website.

Gorman Playground Art Competition

For: Primary School ages

This creative competition for primary school students is themed around creating your very own ‘Magical Playground’; whether that’s your favourite spot to play at MLC or your bedroom, or even a fantasy playground that exists in your imagination. Grab your 5 favourite colours and get drawing, painting, colouring or collaging your magical playground wonderland. The prize? The winning artwork will be produced into a t-shirt, so you could become a bonafide artist with your very own merch! Plus, you’ll score a $1000 Gorman voucher.

How to enter: Click here to visit the Gorman site.

Write the World’s Monthly Competitions

For: High school writers, of all genres and experience levels

Write the World is a network of young writers from 120 countries around the world, encouraging other young writers to push beyond the first draft and create something new. Competitions open monthly, with a chance to have your writing reviewed and critiqued by an expert before you submit your final piece. That means you learn more about yourself and your writing, and gives you a greater chance to fulfil the competition brief through your revisions. This month, there’s a competition running for young playwrights, but if that’s not your niche then you might prefer the food or sport writing competitions happening later this year. Stay tuned.

How to enter: Visit the Write the World competition page.

The STUFFit Film Festival

For: High school students across Australia

Are you a budding filmmaker? Got a short film you’d like to share? Then the STUFFit Film Festival might be perfect for you. It’s a short film competition for high school students across Australia, where you’ll be competing in categories appropriate for your age and film format so you’re on an even playing field. This one incurs a small entry fee, but the winner will walk away with some film equipment to take your filmmaking set up to the next level.

How to enter: Visit the STUFFit Film Fest website.

Techgirls Competition

For: Teams of girls ages 7-17 years old

Although this is a team-based competition, the Techgirls Competition will be running virtually this year with some help to facilitate connecting with teammates and mentors. Girls and female-identifying students between the ages of 7-17 can forms teams of up to five, with an elected teacher or parent as the team facilitator. Together, the students develop an idea for an app that solves a local community problem. Through the course of the competition, teams develop a working app prototype to bring their idea to life!

How to enter: Register on the Techgirls website.

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