The Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TARWF) invites submissions from young writers to age 16 from around Australia to their Children’s Short Story Competition.


To celebrate the centenary of her visit, this year’s theme is ‘Agatha Christie in Tasmania‘. Children everywhere, to age 16, are invited to create an Agatha Christie-type mystery set in Tasmania.


For this year’s prize: winning and shortlisted entries will be published in a book by Libraries Tasmania.


Children everywhere, to age 16, are invited to enter the competition. There are no limits on where the young writer lives.

Entries close 6.00PM 20 February 2023.

Entry is free. Up to two entries per person. The entry form is here.

Email entries to [email protected]


There are posters, parent/teacher resources, a suggested reading list and a link to the entry form on the website.

Poster files are offered in A4 and A3, rich and light (print friendly) options.

Any questions? Contact [email protected]

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