Are you in year 7-12? Do you let your imagination run wild?

Submit an original short story of up to 700 words with your interpretation of the 2021 Children’s Book Week theme “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds” for a chance to WIN one of two $200 gift vouchers!

YMSSC winner with sponsors YMSSC winner with sponsors

A big congratulations to our 2021 winners:
Year 7-9 : Nicky Barnwell
Year 10-12: Mehvish Mehboob

They received $200 gift vouchers from our sponsor - Westbooks in addition to the shortlisted prizes.

Special mention to all our shortlisted writers as well. The quality of your stories was fantastic. Thank you for participating in this year's Young Minds Short Story competition. 

Please have a read of the shortlisted and winning stories below!


Shortlisted prizes for 2021 included:

  • writing workshop with guest judge Deb Fitzpatrick

  • illustration workshop with Aśka

  • winner’s presentation and morning tea.

  • have your story published on the City of Canning website

  • book vouchers from Westbooks.

Please watch this space for next year's competition.

With guest judge Deb Fitzpatrick!

​Deb lives and works in Fremantle and has published novels for adults, young adults and children. Deb’s sixth novel, The Spectacular Spencer Gray, was published in July 2017. Deb has a Master of Arts (creative writing) from UWA and regularly teaches creative writing, professional writing and editing. The perfect guest judge for this competition! Learn more about Deb

Deb Fitzpatrick

Meet Aśka!

Aśka illustrates children’s books and magazines and delivers engaging talks and workshops to schools across WA and abroad. With nine published books and over ten years of experience in children’s illustration, graphic and product design, making and publishing comics and animation, a workshop with Aśka will be one to get writing for! Learn more about Aśka

A HUGE thanks to

Watch this space for the 2022 competition.
Read the 2021 Winning Stories!
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