PMI Creative Writing Competition

PMI Creative Writing Competition

Creative Writing Competition for Childrens Week 2020

To celebrate Children’s Week (24 October – 1 November), the PMI will be hosting a free online creative writing competition for children aged 4-12.

The PMI is one of many organisations that will be holding a free Children’s Week event for families. With a theme of ‘Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others’, we celebrate the talents, skills and achievements of young people in an exciting program that will engage the senses, capture the imagination, and encourage creative expression.

The PMI believes that sharing stories with friends, family and role models can help us to feel safe, and, also help people into the future remember the important and interesting things that happened to us! That is why the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Victorian History Library is presenting this Children’s Week activity in partnership with the Victorian Government.

The Victorian Government is supporting organisations across the state to host more than 90 free events. Our creative writing competition opens on Wednesday 28th October 2020 and all entries must be received via email by 4.00pm on Wednesday 25th November 2020. Winners will be contacted and delivery of their prize organised on Wednesday 9th December. In light of coronavirus (COVID-19), this year our Children’s Week celebration will involve online activities. Children are encouraged to take part and:Write down a story told to you by a grandparent, parent, carer, aunty, uncle or elder, about their friends when they were your age. What kind of adventures did they get up to? How were things different then? What made their friendships special? Type up your story and email it to: to win a $100 prize and publication in a book in our Library!

Judges will be author and writing educator Rafael Ward and performing artist and Library worker Riannon Berkeley. Our judges will pick the story that: Best captures an interesting historic experience; Has a good grasp of ideas and language appropriate to the child’s age and is engaging and tells a narrative story. A $100 prize will be awarded to 1 story from each age group: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. 

You can check out other activities near you during Children’s Week at

We can’t wait to welcome you to our Children’s Week celebration.

Terms and Conditions for Creative Writing Competition

Here at the PMI we are very interested in collecting historical stories – things that people remember happening in the past – We focus on collecting stories about people, places and things in Victoria, Australia and have done so since 1854…That’s 166 years ago! We want to be able to read your story and know that you wrote it (your adult can help with your spelling and with your typing, but the words should be your own). Then the PMI can publish all of the entries in a book for our library that people can borrow and read.

  • Competition opens on Wednesday 28th October 2020 and all entries must be received via email by 4.00pm on Wednesday 25th November 2020. Winners will be contacted and delivery of their prizes organised on Wednesday 9th December.
  • The work must be written by the child and not be significantly re-written or altered by an adult.
  • The author’s name should not appear on the story.
  • The title of the story and the age of the child should be on the top of the story above the heading.
  • All submissions must be a Microsoft Word Document or Apple Pages Document, no more than one typed page in length, in size 12, Times New Roman font.
  • All submissions should be emailed to with the heading children’s week writing competition. In the body of the email should be: The author’s name; the title of the story and a contact phone number.
  • No postal entries will be accepted.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. All entries remain the intellectual property of the authors.
  • By submitting your story, you agree for your work to be published, whole or in part, in: A book to be included in the PMI’s Library Collection with your first name and age. (For the protection of the children involved we will not post such content on the internet.)

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