Search for a Young Writer!


Want to be a published writer? Or know a talented 10-14-year-old who does? Read on.

UPDATE: My 2014 Young Writer Has Been Found!

But I’ll be staging the search again in 2015, so check back into the site, sign up for my free Kids’ Book eNews or follow on Twitter,  Facebook or Instagram to stay up-to-date on the 2015 competition.

My new book, My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrongfeatures a short story, Morris, by 13 year-old writer Raph Atkins. (Raph also stars in the book trailer.)

I’m now searching for another young writer, aged 10-14 (on 22 Aug 2014) with a short story of less than 1000 words to publish in my next My Life book due out with Random House Australia in early 2015. The story has to be weird, funny and maybe a bit gross. You should read some My Life stories before you enter, especially Raph’s Morris story.

The best story submitted will win $100 worth of books from Random House Australia plus four signed copies of My Life book 3. Then, if we feel it’s a perfect fit for the book, you’ll also get the chance to work with a professional editor (and me) and have your story published.

Remember, try to get your story as polished as it can possibly be before you send it in. Have a teacher or parent read over it and remember to rewrite and rewrite and rewrite until your story is a shining jewel. Competition closes 22 August 2014 (end of Children’s Book Week)!

Email your entry to 

Or post your story to Tom at:

My Life & Other Short Stories Comp
C/O Tom Weekly
PO Box
377 Billinudgel
NSW 2483

You need to get a parent’s permission to enter your story and don’t forget to check out the full terms and conditions. (They are an amazing read and I know you’ll lap up every word.)

Stuck for ideas? Can’t get your story started? Try brainstorming and gathering images, video, music and maps using my Story Scrapbook transmedia brainstorming tool ( ) 
or check out the story inspiration on my Create page:
and download my writing workshop handouts, loaded with tips to make your story shine.

Good luck! Can’t wait to get reading.




  1. BJ
    August 27, 2014 / 5:51 am

    Tristan Banks books are really funny and I love them! My favourite book that he made was My life and other stuff I made up.
    In fact I was at his writers workshop at Warrigal Road State school. I definitely recommend his books for everyone.

  2. September 28, 2014 / 11:31 am

    Hi all who entered my Search for a Young Writer. I was due to read the stories by 19 September but I have been flat out so I'll be reading them first week in October and announcing the winner by mid-October. Thanks for your patience!

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