It’s A Kind Of Magic

Stories and Spells by Second Rate Sorcerers

Submissions now open for the 2022 Anthology!

We are very proud to launch our fifth annual Share Your Story Writing Competition.

Please submit either a complete short story up to 1500 words (no first chapters or to be continued…) or a poem of no more than 650 words. The theme is ‘It’s A Kind Of Magic; Stories and Spells by Second Rate Sorcerers’ and our judges are looking for stories that showcase the power of words and show the main character demonstrating resilience. We would love you to have the chance to be published in our next anthology, which raise funds for Children’s Rights Queensland.

From the Judges

A spell is a series of words that has magical powers. It can refer to the magic you say, or it can describe being under the influence of these words. The judges are looking for stories that showcase the power of words and show the main character demonstrating resilience.

When you are writing, please remember to consider your target audience is children. There can still be a moral lesson, but bonus points for making us laugh.

You can enter as many times as you like however all work must be original.

School students are more than welcome to enter.

The best entries will be included in an anthology entitled “It’s A Kind Of Magic” and will be launched in October as part of Children’s Book Week. Children’s Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia and held around the fourth Wednesday in October. A diverse range of events and activities are organised at National, State and Local levels to celebrate the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is an opportunity for the wider community to rejoice in children’s talents, skills and abilities. Instead of a traditional book launch, our Anthology Angels will be hosting children’s book writing workshops all over Australia.

Entry Fee

$30 per entry
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Entries open on 1st January 2022 and close at 9pm on 30th April 2022

  • Entries must be submitted by the below form or emailed to Michelle Worthington at
  • Please include your name, address, contact phone number and title of your entry in the body of the email.
  • If you are under 18, please include your age, Grade and School name in the body of the email.
  • Attach your entry as a Word doc. Please include the title of your entry, your name and email address in the header of each page and page numbers in the footer.
  • International entries are welcome, but must be in English.
  • Don’t include illustration notes.
  • If you are offered publication in the anthology, you must agree to have your work professionally edited if required, at no charge to you, with changes made at the editor’s discretion.
  • Authors retain full copyright on work.
  • The judges decision will be final. No sooking or they will turn you into a toad.

Entry Form

About Children’s Rights Queensland

Children’s Rights Queensland was founded in 1971 and has a rich history of promoting the rights of children and supporting communities. 

Children’s Rights Queensland is focused on ensuring awareness of children’s rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child. For almost fifty years they have been advocating for children’s rights and supporting communities. They are focused on delivering initiatives that educate, support and build awareness of children’s rights.

Children’s Rights Queensland is proudly supported by the Queensland Family and Child Commission.

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Our goal is to raise awareness of the needs, rights and achievements of children and engage, empower and support them and their communities.