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Calling young storytellers: ready, set, write!
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Rebecca Fraser

Joe Novella

Mornington Peninsula authors Rebecca Fraser and Joe Novella are on a mission to ignite the imaginations of the next generation of writers. Rebecca has been inspiring local young authors in her StoryCraft creative writing workshops since 2015 and through creating her popular middle-grade fantasy adventure book Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean. Joe is a man of boundless energy; in addition to penning three successful books, Joe’s a podcast host, documentary maker and short-film maker, and is obsessed with all things creative and digital.

To further their mission, Rebecca and Joe teamed up to create a quarterly writing competition for secondary school students across Australia, titled Little Stories, Big Ideas. “Young people have a lot to say about contemporary issues and themes,” says Rebecca. “We want the competition to be a place to raise their voices, express ideas and write through their thoughts and feelings on these topics.”

Calling young storytellers: ready, set, write!

This term’s theme is Aliens.

Entrants write to a specific themed prompt in 100 words or fewer, in any literary style of their choosing. Short stories, poems, haikus, songs are all welcome. Some examples of themes include climate change, diversity, respect, politics, asylum seekers, inclusion and acceptance. This term’s theme is Aliens. “We thought that the word ‘alien’ is multi-layered and ripe for interpretation. Entrants are finding really creative, powerful and imaginative ways to interpret the themes.”

Entry to Little Stories, Big Ideas is free and open to secondary students around Australia.

Thanks to generous support from competition sponsors, prizes are awarded to the top three entries in the Senior and Junior categories. There is also a special prize for the Peninsula’s best young writer in the form of a Peninsula Young Writer Award sponsored by the Peninsula’s own Choc Top Ice Cream Company.

Rebecca and Joe promote the competition to secondary schools around Australia and as a result have received entries from well beyond the Peninsula. Students from Broome to Tasmania to Far North Queensland have all been rising to the creative challenge. In the future, Rebecca and Joe are planning creative writing workshops to be offered in secondary schools on the Peninsula. Entries for this term close at midnight on Friday, October 1. For more information and to enter, go to

Teachers or parents can get in touch with Rebecca at the links below.

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