Pawsome Stories

Are you a student in years 3-6 with a pawsome story to tell?

The RSPCA’s Pawsome Stories is a writing competition inviting you to send us your best piece of work and be in the running for some fantastic prizes. We want to put your writing skills to the test while hearing from our next generation of animal welfare advocates!

There are two categories:

You can write a fictional story about rescuing an animal,
You can write a persuasive essay answering the question: “if you could change one thing in the world to improve animals’ lives, what would it be and why?”.

*Please note: if typing your entry, please write ONE PAGE with size 12 font. For handwritten, please write ONE DOUBLE-SIDED A4 page.

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

You have until 17 September 2021 to submit your work. The winners will be announced mid-October 2021.

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


1st place – A trophy, $50 Dymocks voucher, an RSPCA Victoria adoptable plush toy AND a virtual barn tour for you and your class to meet our friendly farm animals!

2nd place – An RSPCA Victoria adoptable plush toy, a $30 Dymocks voucher and a certificate

3rd place – An RSPCA adoptable plush toy and a certificate

Meet the judges:


Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. His books have sold over 10 million copies and his Treehouse series has been embraced by children all over the world.  He's also won 80 children’s choice awards and 10 Australian Book Industry Awards—including Book of the Year and he's also a passionate advocate for children's literacy

We're thrilled that our Pawsome stories guest judge Andy Griffith will be releasing his next book The 143-Storey Treehouse on 19th October! We can't wait to read it! You can pre-order your copy here.

Cameron Macintosh is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including plays, chapter books and non-fiction across a wide range of genres. He has been writing books for the classroom since 2008, and for a wider readership since 2017, with the launch of the Max Booth Future Sleuth series in Australia and the USA.

Dr Liz Walker is RSPCA Victoria’s CEO. She graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) and has been CEO at RSPCA Victoria since 2014. She spent six years in private practice (small animal) and conducting research in veterinary parasitology. She is a member of the Victorian Government’s Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and Greyhound Racing Victoria’s Animal Welfare Committee.