Calling all animal heroes in grades three to six!

We’re looking for the next generation of animal welfare advocates. If you’re in grades three to six, we want to hear from you!

The third annual Pawsome Stories writing competition is a great opportunity to showcase your love for animals, awesome writing skills and creative ideas – plus be in the running to win amazing prizes.

This year, there are two categories:
  • Fiction: the day I found out my pet has superpowers!
  • Non-fiction: how pets were important during the COVID 19 lockdowns.

There will be exciting prizes for first, second and third place entries in each category:

  • 1st place – A trophy, $50 Dymocks voucher, an RSPCA Adoptable plush toy AND a barn tour for you and your class to meet our friendly farm animals!
  • 2nd place – An RSPCA Adoptable plush toy, a $30 Dymocks voucher and a certificate.
  • 3rd place – An RSPCA Adoptable plush toy and a certificate.

Meet our amazing judges! We are so excited to welcome renowned authors Cameron Macintosh and Melissa Keil as our special guest judges, who will sit on the judging panel alongside RSPCA Victoria Chief Executive Officer Dr Liz Walker.

Cameron Macintosh

We’re tail-waggingly happy to welcome Cam back for his third year as a Pawsome Stories judge! Cam is a much-loved Australian author who has written more than 120 books including the popular Max Booth Future Sleuth series. His books have been published in many countries and are loved by children around the world! When he isn’t writing, he loves travel, old guitars and ‘80s comic books.

Melissa Keil

A big hello and welcome to our exciting new guest judge! Melissa is a writer and children’s book editor whose works have been published around the world. Her novels – Life in Outer Space, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and The Secret Science of Magic have been commended in numerous prizes, including the Ena Noël Award, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the teens’ choice Gold Inky.

How to enter: 

Please send your entries, or clear photos of your entries, to

If typing your entry, please write ONE PAGE with size 12 font. For handwritten, please write one double sided A4 page.

You have until Monday October 24 2022 to submit your work, with winners announced early November.


Good luck, everyone!