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Have you got a Write Idea? Entries now open…

We’re inviting kids aged 4-18 years to submit a written piece based on the theme of ‘The Time We Stayed Home’. Let your imagination run wild!

This competition is open to children who are Frankston City Libraries members and who live, study or have links to Frankston.

Perhaps you want to write about a fantastical universe just outside your window? Or maybe you’ll tell us all about a mirage that appears behind your wardrobe door? The only limit is your imagination and a word limit of 500 words.

We’re accepting submissions of short stories, poetry, essays, haikus, letters and more – we’d love to read any style that takes your fancy!

Frankston City Mayor, Cr Sandra Mayer, and our libraries team will be judging across four age categories:

  • 4-7 year olds
  • 8-11 year olds
  • 12-14 years olds
  • 15-18 year olds

Entries close on Sunday 19 July at 5pm.

With great prizes up for grabs, including a $100 Robinsons voucher for the winner in each category, it’s time to let those creative juices flow.

You’ll also have the chance to see your work digitally published as an e-book on the Frankston City Libraries BorrowBox app.  PLUS, pending approval, we’ll be exhibiting a shortlist of work.

How to enter:

  1. Write your submission, based on The Time We Stayed Home, in the writing style of your choice.
  2. Fill in your details and submit your work below.
  3. Check that you agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Good luck!

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Alternatively, you can email your submission in the body of an email to Please use the subject line: WRITE IDEA SUBMISSION.

This writing competition was developed in response to requests from our community.

Entries Close: Sunday 19 July

If you have any questions, please email

Terms and Conditions of Submission:

- Entry is online only. Attach your entry as a .pdf or Word document (.doc) file via the entry form on the website. Alternatively, you can email your submission in the body of an email to Please use the subject line: WRITE IDEA SUBMISSION.
- Entries must be your own original work. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Your submission will be disregarded if any plagiarised work is submitted.
- The maximum word limit is 500 words.
- Entries can be non-fiction, fiction, or fiction inspired by true events and in the form of your choosing.
- The submission must not contain slander, inappropriate content or content not deemed suitable for a broad audience. Frankston City Libraries reserves the right to exclude your submission if it fails to meet these guidelines.
- Entering a submission gives Frankston City Libraries the right to the use and publication of submissions. Copyright will remain with the individual author, however, Frankston City Libraries reserves the right to reprint submissions in, and not limited to, publications, exhibitions, social media promotions and on the Frankston City Libraries website. Due acknowledgement of the original author will be made in all instances.
- The judges’ decisions are final. Once winning submissions have been selected, no further correspondence regarding this will be entered into.

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Last Updated:
Wednesday 3 June 2020
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