Just Write – for Kids | City of Marion Libraries | Ends 20 Jan 2023

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Just Write – for Kids

City of Marion Libraries have officially brought back their popular short story competition ‘Just Write – for Kids’, in the summer holidays.

This is a great way to encourage and inspire budding authors while also challenging them to improve their writing skills. Entry is FREE and includes two age categories: 8 to 10 years and 11 to 13 years. The competition is open to children who are either members of the SA Public Library network themselves or have a parent/caregiver who is a member.

All genres of stories and all levels of experience are welcome.

Competition Opens: Monday 19 December 2022

Competition Closes: Friday 20 January 2023


  • 1st Prize in each age category: Headphones + Book voucher (valued at $200)
  • 2nd Prize in each age category: Book voucher + Movie voucher (valued at $100)

Conditions of entry:

  • To be eligible, entries must be an original story with a word count of: 300–750 words (for contestants 8–10 years) and 500–1000 words (for contestants 11–13 years).
  • Entries must be in English.
  • One entry per child.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the story or in the title.
  • The file must be saved as the title of the story.
  • Entries should be in a Microsoft Word document (.doc/.docx), size 12 font, double spaced, single sided.

How to enter:

Entries may be submitted online or in person.

To submit online please go to the City of Marion website below. 

For handwritten entries, submit your story to any Marion Library branch with a paper entry form attached. Paper entry forms are available at the library.


(this competition is not affiliated with Play & Go)

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Marion website.

What:   Just Write – for Kids

When:    19 December 2022 – 20 January 2023

Where:   City of Marion Libraries (find one here)

Who:  Children 8 – 13 years (must members of the SA Public Library network or have a parent/caregiver member)

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