Literary Competition

The Literary Competition is jointly sponsored by the Independent Education Union of Australia: Queensland & Northern Territory Branch (IEUA-QNT), The English Teachers Association of Queensland, and James Cook University and Random House, Sydney. Now in its 55th year, our Literary Competition has attracted record numbers of entries in the past.

The 2015 Literary Competition is open to students from Years 6 to 12 and to teachers too! If you can pen a poem, write a short story and/or write a piece of non-fiction prose (Feature Article or Editorial), this is your chance to enter! There is a maximum of ten (10) entries per category, per school (students). A maximum of five (5) entries for teachers’ submissions. The closing date for entries is 17 July, 2015 with the Presentation Evening on 14 October, 2015.

On Wednesday 15th October, 2014 the Presentation Evening for the 55th Literary Competition was held at the Queensland Multicultural Centre at Kangaroo Point. There were 879 entries for the competition this year from throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory, across short story, poetry and non-fiction prose genres. Winners and place-getters were awarded book prizes (compliments of  Random House, Sydney), cheques (sponsored by ETAQ and JCU) and certificates. We were privileged to have Tristan Bancks as our guest speaker. An acknowledged author, actor and filmmaker, Tristan shared his writing experiences and provided some very funny anecdotes.

ETAQ's Literary Competition Coordinator, Deb Peden acted as MC for the evening and as such had the privilege of meeting and chatting with a number of the winning entrants and their families and friends. Among the many inspiring stories and conversations, there was one that was particularly serendipitous. Dana Pavlovic, a Year 7 student at Beachmere State School won 1st prize in the Year 6 & 7 Short Story Competition. Her father Sasha Pavlovic, mentioned that he and his family had arrived here in Brisbane as refugees some twenty years previously. He added that they had arrived at the very centre we were hosting the Presentation Evening! The Queensland Multicultural Centre was then known as a Brisbane Migrant Centre. Mr Pavlovic spoke proudly of his daughter, this pride made all the keener because here was his 12 year old daughter winning first place in a literary competition, when he and his family did not speak English at that time. Dr Beryl Exley, as the judge for this division, described Dana's short story as "a sophisticated piece of writing that begs for a future instalment". Dana conceded that she had only reluctantly submitted her entry, encouraged by her classroom teacher: we're so glad she did!

Acknowledgement goes to all students and teachers for their submissions, and congratulations to the winners, place-getters and highly-commended awardees. The first place winners for 2014 are:

Section A - Non-Fiction Prose: Hannah Nugent, Fairholme College, Toowoomba

Section A - Short Story: Stella Lisle, The Rockhampton Grammar School, Rockhampton

Section A - Poem: Rosie McCrossin, Sandgate District State High School, Sandgate

Section B - Short Story: Jakob Ivanhoe, Anglican Church Grammar School, East Brisbane

Section B - Poem: Sequoia Taylor, Redlynch State College, Cairns

Section C - Short Story: Khushi Shelat, Brisbane State High School, South Brisbane

Section C - Poem: Angus Cronin Harrison, Brisbane State High School, South Brisbane

Section D - Short Story: Dana Pavlovic, Beachmere State  School, Caboolture

Section D - Poem: Olivia Trempus,  St Pius' Primary School, Banyo

Section E- Short Story: Damian Nelson, Marist College, Ashgrove

A complete list of place-getters and highly commended awardees is available here.


Winning entries and judges reports for 2014 are available now.

Section A (Years 11 and 12)

Section B (Years 9 and 10)

Section C (Year 8)

Section D (Years 6 and 7)

Section E (Teachers)


Winning entries and judges reports for 2013 are available now.

Section A (Years 11 and 12)

Section B (Years 9 and 10)

Section C (Year 8)

Section D (Years 6 and 7)

Section E (Teachers)

Seminar 1, 2015

Start Time: 8:30am
Date: Saturday 14th March 2015

Grammar Day in Townsville

Start Time: 8:40am
Date: Saturday 28th March 2015



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