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KIDS NEWS Alyssa Reed, 8, was one of last year's winners of the Kids News Short Story Competition. The SA year 3 student from Loreto College Marryatville is hoping for another win in 2021. Picture: supplied.

Last chance to enter Short Story Competition

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There is still time to enter your best effort in the annual Kids News Short Story Competition - and if you’re stuck for ideas, one of last year’s winners suggests a new dog and old tricks

SMART Kids News Short Story Competition: audiobooks can rescue reluctant readers. Jeremy Cole's daughter Naava, 10, loves writing stories and says listening to audiobooks makes her feel calm and gives her ideas. Picture: supplied.

Why Aussie kids love audio books

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Children’s audio books are gaining in popularity in Australia, rescuing some reluctant readers and even creating a few budding young authors along the way

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Find the 2021 Short Story Comp entry form here

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The Kids News Short Story Competition is back for 2021. Get our online entry form and more information here

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Author’s golden rules of story planning

How to plan a great story. Author Katrina Nannestad's advice on what to do if you get stuck for an idea. For Kids News short story competition
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Planning only adds to the fun and creativity of writing, according to Australian author Katrina Nannestad. Follow her five steps to planning a brilliant story for the Kids News Short Story Comp

Famous authors urge kids to get writing

Grade 4 student Olivia Green, 9yo, pictured in Eureka Stockade Gardens, Ballarat East is preparing to enter the Kids News Short Story Competition again this year after scoring a Highly Commended for her story, Covid Cooking, last year. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Thinking of entering our Short Story Competition like student Olivia Green? Check out these words of wisdom from one of the world’s great storytellers and some of our leading local authors

Why making up stories is good for you

Archie Isaac, 11, with his mum Jenny Atkinson, at home in Manly Vale, today.
(Story about how kids should use old fashioned pen and paper to do writing as it helps develop their skills and boosts their creativity).

Picture: Justin Lloyd.
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Letting your imagination run wild is one of the best things about being a kid – and a great way to start your entry for the 2021 Kids News Short Story Competition

Six secrets of a winning short story

Amaeh Reed, 13yrs, Brisbane school girl, has won the Kids News short story competition two years in a row, on Thursday 12th August 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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The Kids News Short Story Competition is back for 2021! Check out reigning champ Amaeh Reed’s top writing tips and get your story in with our online entry form

Short story competition winners revealed

Grade 2 student Ariana Fais has been chosen from almost 3000 entries as the winner of the Kids News short story competition in the kindergarten to year 2 age group. Her story, The Unexpected Friendship, is about a snail called Suzie and a slug called Simon. Please get some shots of Ariana doing some story writing and perhaps holding a snail (apparently there are plenty around her home at the moment). For Herald Sun news and Kids News website.Picture: Tim Carrafa
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Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2020 Short Story Competition. Read the winning stories here

Kids’ author Matt Stanton’s tips for writing a great story

Author Matt Stanton. For Kids News Hibernation
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Are you struggling to come up with an idea for the Kids News Short Story competition? Don’t worry, these tips from Matt Stanton will get your imagination flowing. But hurry, time is running out to enter.

Writing yourself into someone else’s shoes

St Monicas student 12-year-old Amaeh Reed, who won the Kids News Short Story competition in the age 11+ category last year. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN
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Keeping up with world news gave author Amaeh Reed an idea for her winning 2019 Kids News short story competition entry. Amaeh explains how she got from the idea to the finished story

Characters’ stinky start to a winning story

Winner of last  years Kids News Short Story Competition, Rose Pullinger, 10 of Hobart. Picture: Zak Simmonds
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Rose Pullinger’s Emily to the Rescue was a winning entry in the Kids News 2019 Short Story Competition. She’s keen to enter the 2020 competition and shares some tips about story writing

Put your thinking caps on to write a winning story

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Entries for the 2020 Kids News Short Story competition have now closed. We look forward to announcing the winning stories soon

Winners have their own tale published into a book!

Kids News Short Story writing competition, supported by HarperCollins
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It’s Book Week and what better way to get involved than with the Kids News short story writing competition. Winners will have their own story published into a real book and take home an iPad and book pack