Words and Art Competition

The Words and Art Competition is back! Tell us what your favourite book is and why, and you could win an author experience for your school as a part of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Enter using the entry form (link below) Terms and conditions are below.

The 2020 Premier’s Reading Challenge Words and Art Competition

Entries Open: Friday 19 June 2020

Entries Close: Friday 9 October 2020

Who can enter?

Students from Kindergarten to Year 9, who are registered for the 2020 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, are invited to participate in the competition.

How do I enter?

Simply answer the question “What is your favourite book and why?”

You may respond to the question by creating an artwork, illustration, drawing, painting, graphic interpretation, video or written response (for example a book review!).

Where do I enter?

Use the online entry form here – make sure your file is ready to upload when you enter!

What can I win?

Check back here for updates about which authors will be visiting the winners' schools!

Image: Belrose Public School, Year 2, class collage, 'The Daintree Rainforest by the Sea'. Winning entry in the K-2 category, 2018 Words and Art Competition

Terms and Conditions

The competition:

Students from Kindergarten to Year 9 who are registered for the 2020 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge are invited to participate in the competition.

Students submit an entry answering the question “What is your favourite book and why?” Entries must be based on a chosen book from the official 2020 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Booklists.

Students may respond to the question in one of two ways:

1. Create an artwork (illustration, drawing, painting, graphic interpretation) or a video, PLUS write up to 25 words explaining why they chose this particular book

2. Write a written piece of up to 250 words answering the question. This could be in the form of a book review

The entries will be judged in three grade range categories:

· Kindergarten - Year 2

· Years 3 – 6

· Years 7 - 9

Entries may be from individual students or, alternatively, from groups of students from a school. Entries must be the entrant’s or entrants’ original work.

The winners in each category will have their work published on the NSW Department of Education website and win an author visit from one of our three Australian authors to their school (authors will be announced in Term 3, 2020).

How to enter:

Entries can be submitted at the online entry form here. A parent/guardian/teacher of the student will need to provide appropriate contact details along with the entry, confirm that the student’s entry complies with the conditions of entry, and ensure that the school’s principal has approved the entry before it is submitted.

Select the appropriate category and upload the file for the entry. No upload is required if the entry comprises a written piece/book review.

Please note only one file can be uploaded per entry.

Files can be .doc, .docx, .txt, .avi, .mp4, .jpg, .gif, .png or pdf, no larger than 100MB.

Videos can also be submitted via YouTube by placing the link in the requested field on the entry form. Entrants will require a parent/guardian/teacher to upload the video on the entrant’s behalf to the parent/guardian/teacher’s account.

Please ensure the following restrictions are complied with:

The video must:

• be uploaded on behalf of the entrant by a teacher/parent/guardian, reside in the teacher/parent/guardian’s YouTube account and comply with “YouTube Community Guidelines” set forth at http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines and Terms of Service

• Not be marked “private” or “taken down” during the competition period

• Be appropriate to the theme of the competition

• Be the original work of the entrant

• Be no more than three (3) minutes in length


Entries open Friday 19 June 2020 and close 5 pm Friday 9 October 2020 after which judging will take place and winners and finalists will be announced.

A parent/guardian/teacher is required to take full responsibility on behalf of the entrant for the content of the entry and for ensuring that the entry complies with these Conditions of Entry. For the purposes of these content requirements, “entry content” includes any content (including text, photos, videos, and email messages) that entrants submit, upload, transmit, publish, communicate or use in connection with their entry into the competition.

The NSW Department of Education (“the Department”) reserves the right to verify, or to require the entrant and/or the entrant’s parent/guardian/teacher to verify, that the entry is the entrant’s original work. If an entry cannot be verified to the Department’s satisfaction, the entry will be deemed invalid. An entrant’s entry must not include:

(a) any image or voice of any other person without that person’s express consent. The parent/guardian/teacher warrants on behalf of the entrant that if any such content is included, they have obtained the express consent of the relevant person;

(b) any content that contravenes any law, infringes the rights of any person or is potentially insulting, inflammatory, defamatory, obscene, offensive, discriminatory, indecent or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate (which includes, without limitation, any content involving nudity, malice, excessive violence or swearing); and

(c) any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, any audio-visual or sound recording, or any other item in which copyright subsists, unless the entrant is entitled to do so. If there is any doubt about whether an entrant has the right to include any content (for example, recorded music) it must not be included. By including any such content in the entry, the parent/guardian/teacher warrants on behalf of the entrant that they have the permission of the relevant copyright owner to do so and that this permission allows the Department to use the entry in accordance with these Conditions of Entry.

The Department reserves the right to disqualify a winner if the Department becomes aware that the winner and/or the winner’s entry includes content as described above.

Any entry that is found to be not the original work of the entrant will be invalid, unless the entrant requires the assistance of a third party to enter due to a disability.

The Department collects personal information about entrants for the purposes of conducting this competition but no further use of this information will be made without prior consent.

The Department will select a number of entries to appear in print, online and social media promotions of the competition, and to share with the supporters and partners of the Premier’s Reading Challenge, NewsLocal and Dymocks Children’s Charities. Promotion of an entry during the course of the Competition will not indicate that the entry shared is a finalist in the Competition.

The Department will seek consent from selected entrants, including the winning entrant, and their parent/guardian to publish the entry content as well as the name, likeness, image and/or voice of the selected entrant in promotion of the competition by the Department and the supporters and partners of the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Entrants and their parents/guardians should be aware that, when information is published on public websites and social media channels, it can be discoverable online for a number of years, and may be linked to by third parties.

The Department may, in its absolute discretion, edit, modify, delete, remove or take-down any part of an entry which the Department or the supporters and partners of the Premier’s Reading Challenge, NewsLocal and Dymocks Children’s Charities publish.

YouTube is not a sponsor of this competition nor is it affiliated with the competition in any way.

Number of entries permitted:

Entrants may enter as many times as they like but only one file may be uploaded per entry.

Eligible entries:

Only work submitted by NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, who are registered for the 2020 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, is eligible to be submitted for judging in this competition.


Criteria: Each entry will be assessed by our panel of judges and awarded on creativity, relevance to the overall subject, knowledge of the chosen book, themes examined in the work and featured characters.


The relevant Author for each prize category will visit each winning student’s (or students’) school on a mutually agreed date prior to the end of Term 1 2021, to read/lead a discussion on a book from the 2020 PRC Booklists. Visits will take place either in person or virtually, as circumstances permit.


· TBC – Year K – 2

· TBC – Year 3 – 6

· TBC – Year 7 – 9

There will be five finalists selected in each grade category. From the five finalists, one overall winner will be chosen for each category.

Each finalist will receive a finalist’s certificate. There will be 15 finalists chosen in total.

Each winner will receive a winner’s certificate and their school will receive a visit, either in person, or virtually, as circumstances permit, from the nominated author for their category. There will be three overall winners chosen in total.

The Department reserves the right to amend, cancel or suspend this competition if an event corrupts or affects the administration security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the competition.

Image: Ivy Kim, Year 4, Strathfield South Public School, three dimensional kimchi ingredients. In response to 'All About Korea – Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids' by Ann Martin Bowler. Winning entry in the year 3-6 category, 2018 Words and Art Competition
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