Literary Competition

The Literary Competition is jointly sponsored by the Independent Education Union of Australia: Qld & Northern Territory Branch (IEUA-QNT), the English Teachers Association of Queensland, and Penguin Random House. 
The 2021 Literary Competition is open to students from Years 5 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 (for a public audience), 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.
There are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries. Categories include: Section A (Years 11 and 12) Poem; Short Story; Non-Fiction Prose Section B (Years 9 and 10) Poem; Short Story Section C (Year 7 and 8 ) Poem; Short Story Section D (Years 5 & 6) Poem; Short Story Section E (Teachers) Short Story.
The competition closes on Friday 18th June, 2021 with the presentation of awards being held on Wednesday 25th August, 2021 at 6.30pm at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point (there are 56 on site car parks and off-street parking is also available: you can view the centre at
Download the poster Literary Poster  to print and promote the competition in your school. Download the entry form here Literary Entry Form


The list of prize winners for 2019 is available for downloading now.

Winning entries for 2015 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)


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)

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