2 competitions for creative WA kids

If you know a young artist in WA, here are two fantastic chances for them to get their work recognised: the Make Your Own Story Book competition and the Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists.

Make Your Own Story Book competition

Entries are now open for the 2021 Make Your Own Story Book competition!

It’s held annually by the WA Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and open to WA school students in pre-primary all the way up to (and including) year 8. There are four categories based on age.

I won 3rd place in my category when I was in year 7. It was a huge boost to my confidence as a creative, and set me on the path to becoming a children’s writer and illustrator! So I can’t thank the WA CBCA branch enough, and I couldn’t recommend this competition more.

Students are invited to submit either a ‘picture book’ or ‘story book’. For the purposes of the competition, the two categories are defined like this:

– Combines words and illustrations to tell a story
– the story can be told through the illustrations alone.

– Relies on the written word to tell the story
– illustrations are complementary, not essential to the story
– excitement and interest are conveyed through the plot, language and characterisation.

NB: students in Pre-primary to year 2 (inclusive) are asked to create a picture book, while students in years 3 to 8 (inclusive) have the choice of making either a picture book or story book.

For more information and instructions on how to enter, head to the competition webpage. Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 11 June.

Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists

Entries are now open for the 2021 Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists !

These annual awards are named after Shaun Tan, only one of the best illustrators in the world and who grew up right here in Perth. This competition has been running for many years now, and gives young artists the opportunity for encouragement and recognition.

There are five categories based on age. Artworks are judged on originality, concept, technique and choice of material.

Full disclosure – I’ve been one of the judges of the Shaun Tan Awards for a few years now. My experience has shown me that WA is overflowing with artistically talented kids and young adults; it’s always inspiring (and frankly a little intimidating) to see the work they submit each year.

To enter you must be a Western Australian school student in years one to twelve.

For more info on the competition and instructions on how to enter, head to the Shaun Tan Awards webpage. Entries must be received by 5:30pm on Monday 24 May.

Author: James Foley

James Foley makes children’s books for children who read books. If you’re a child and you’re eating his books, you’re doing it wrong. His books include Brobot, Dungzilla, Gastronauts, Chickensaurus, Toffle Towers, My Dead Bunny and There's Something Weird About Lena. James lives in Perth with his wife, 2 kids, and a labrador. He is a massive Marvel movie nerd and comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta/youtube @jamesfoleybooks, or at www.jamesfoley.com.au .

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