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Campus Writing Comp was launched in 2019, to celebrate the talents of student writers, regardless of their location of field of study. This year we have introduced a new category – POETRY – for all you gifted poets. We don’t want to be too prescriptive but we’ll borrow from a widely accepted definition here…  ‘literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.”


Each year we give away thousands of dollars of prizes to talented students either through the Major Prizes, People’s Choice or monthly Instagram give-away’s – take a look at the overview of prizes below. When you scroll down, you will see that we have listed a few common questions, but if you have something else that you would like to know make sure you Contact Us so we can help you out!


Major Prizes – students have until October 31 to submit entries to the Major Prizes. Submissions can be in the categories of Fiction, Non-fiction or Poetry and a panel of Industry-relevant Judges will score each submission. One submission from each of the categories will be selected to receive a $750 Major Prize for that category.

People’s Choice Prizes – one submission from each of the three Major Prize categories will receive a $250 People’s Choice prize for that category.  The recipient will be the submission with the highest recorded number of verified public votes as of midnight on October 31.

Monthly Instagram Give Away – each month features a different theme in our Instagram give away. The themes are listed below – check back to our News page each month for everything you need to know to enter. We will send you shout-outs to remind you of deadlines on our social media. The hashtag to follow is #CampusWriting2022.

Monthly Instagram Give Away Themes:

March – A colourful life

April – Timing

May – Staying positive

June – A journey

July – Letter to a friend

August – Start again

September – Enigmatic

October – Freedom!

To be eligible to enter the comp (including the Instagram give aways), you must be a currently enrolled student at a campus which holds a current financial membership with Student Experience Network (SEN). See the full list of eligible campuses here. If your campus is not listed, contact us and we can look into it for you.

Of course, if you think your writing is worthy you can enter in both. Please note that entries in the Instagram give away are NOT automatically submitted to the major prize comp. You will need to submit them separately. You cannot enter more than six works in the Competition.

Submissions close on 31 October for the major prize categories. You can log-in and add to/edit your submission throughout the competition period, up until this date. Deadlines for the monthly Instagram give aways are listed above.

Major Prize submissions are limited to 1000 words.

You will need to cut-and-paste your work into our online Submission Form so we recommend that you save it in MS Word format.

Our Major Prizes are not themed. We encourage you to showcase your creative skills in the written works that you submit. When submitting, you’ll be asked to include a title, any influences, a brief bio and to select the category.

Yes, you can access your ‘My Account’ portal up until the close of Submissions, to edit existing content and add new content by clicking the ‘Login’ button in the header.

Yes, but conditions apply. Make yourself familiar with the competition Terms & Conditions

No, but you give National Campus Writing Competition the right to use your submitted work for non-commercial purposes. You retain all copyright to the work but the Competition Organiser can use it for promotional purposes. Check the Terms and Conditions for full details.

Following the submission deadline, a People’s Choice Prize will be awarded in each category, based on the submissions that have received the highest number of verified votes through the website. You should encourage your friends and family to vote for your work but please note, only one vote per person is allowed. The Organiser reserves the right to not award a prize where there is evidence of abuse of the voting system. Votes will be analysed for authenticity from time to time, and duplicates, bot-generated votes and large-scale VPN votes will be disallowed.

If you have reason to believe that someone is misusing the Voting functionality, please contact us to let us know with as much detail as possible about your concerns.

To enter, you need to upload your written work to Instagram using the hashtag #campuswriting2022. You can be creative with how the work is presented including the use of images and backgrounds if you like. Untagged submissions will not be considered. Your work will need to address the theme for that month and must be your own original writing. You can enter more than one work but each must be uploaded and tagged separately.