They say a picture paints a thousand words… but who needs that many?

The Brisbane Writers Festival microfiction competition asks young writers to get imaginative and specific with their word choice to showcase their storytelling talents.

Junior Category Guidelines
  • Open to students enrolled in a Queensland primary school (grades 1-6).
  • Stories must be 150 words or fewer.
  • The story must include: a lost item.
  • Prize: $500 for the writer, plus a book pack for the school.

Entries close Friday, April 23.
Shortlist announced Friday, May 7
Winner announced Monday, May 17
Consent disclaimer
I acknowledge that:​
  • Should my entry be shortlisted, I provide permission for my name, school name, and my entry (or excerpts of) to be published in print and/or online by Brisbane Writers Festival, The University of Queensland, and/or Brisbane Writers Festival media partners. Author names will be credited on all publications.
  • I agree to receive communications from The University of Queensland. I may opt out of communications at any time.
  • I agree to receive communications from Brisbane Writers Festival. I may opt out of communications at any time.
  • I have read and understood the Terms and Conditions.
  • Entrants under the age of 18 must receive parental or guardian consent to participate. Parental/guardian consent must be given on the entry form and a valid phone number for the parent or guardian must be provided.
Terms and Conditions:
This competition is conducted by us, Brisbane Writer’s Festival.
You may participate in the competition only on these Terms and Conditions.
  • You may only participate if you are currently enrolled as a Queensland school student and living in Queensland at the time of entry
  • You cannot participate if you are a BWF/UPLIT employee or an immediate family member of one of our employees. An immediate family is a spouse, ex-spouse, de-facto spouse, child, step-child, parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, step-brother, or step-sister.
  • The competition is a game of skill in which chance plays no part in determining the winners.
  • The competition is FREE to enter.
  • You are responsible for any costs associated with accessing the competition, such as Internet access, scanning, uploading or other fees or charges.
  • To enter, you must complete the Entry Form at, including all the required details, and submit your entry within the word limit during the competition period. We will not accept emailed, posted, incomplete, indecipherable or late entries.
  • The competition period commences at 5:00pm AEST, 19 March, 2021 and closes at 5:00pm AEST 23 April, 2021.
  • You may submit only one entry for the whole competition. It must be within the word limit prescribed for your category. It must be your original work and must be previously unpublished. It can be in the form of prose or poetry.
  • Once you have submitted your entry it is final and you cannot withdraw or edit it. 
  • By entering the competition, you grant permission for and license us to publish your story (along with your name or pen name) on the BWF website, in the BWF newsletter and on social media platforms.

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* A parent/guardian of the entrant agrees to the above Terms & Conditions