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 23 November 2020 to submit your work. The winners will be announced on…. (tbc).

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:


Sally Rippin is Australia’s highest-selling female author and has written more than 50 books for children and young adults. Her widely popular Billie B Brown books are beloved across the globe and have sold more than five million copies in eighteen countries. She loves to write stories with heart and characters that resonate with children, parents and teachers alike.

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.

CLICK HERE for your printable flyer that has all the information you’ll need.