Competition: Stories by Digital Children

Fun with digital media: Getting the balance right

Do you like using digital media and technology? How do you balance digital media and technology with other activities? Help other children understand how to get the balance right!

The Stories by Digital Children: A storytelling competition invites young children (5-12 year olds) to submit a concept for a children’s story based on the 2023 theme, Fun with digital media: Getting the balance right. The competition winners will work with children’s author Kim Maslin to create a published version of their story.  The stories will help other young children understand the theme in accessible ways.

Entries open on Wednesday, 26 April 2023 and close Friday, 30 June 2023.

Submit your story

Introduction to the competition theme

Video also available on YouTube

Meet children’s author Kim Maslin

Video also available on YouTube

Competition details

The competition is open to children in the following age categories, with a winner selected from each category:

  • 5-6 year olds
  • 7–8 year olds
  • 9-12 year olds

Each age group will create an entry designed for children younger than them. E.g. If you are 5-6 years of age, the story should be for 4 year olds.


All age groups can submit an individual entry or a small group entry (up to 4 children working together). If you are an educator working with 5-6 year old’s you may also submit a class entry.

Download the template now and start working on your story idea. We are looking for original ideas – we will work with you to write the story!

One winner from each category will win a prize consisting of:

  • A workshop with author Kim Maslin to develop their story idea into a book – including illustrations.
  • A copy of the finished book to keep.
  • A soft toy version of book’s main character.

Winners will be notified by 31 August 2023. 

Download this template to get started. You can scan/photograph the pages or you can enter your idea into the texts box on the entry page.

Make sure your parent/guardian or educator reads the Terms and Conditions before they submit your entry.

Information for adults

We understand not all children will be able to write their story idea. You can write or type the words as told to you by your child/children.

If you have a small group or class entry, please ensure you have permission from the group/class members parents/guardians before you upload the entry on their behalf.

  • The story makes sense for the audience.
  • The story is fun and engaging for the audience.
  • The story clearly articulates links to the theme of Fun with digital media: Getting the balance right.
  • The story concept can be transferred into a story for the appropriate age group.
  • The suggested characters can be transferred into a story for the appropriate age group.

Resources to get you started

eSafety Commissioner

Take control of your online experience, rather than letting it control you. It can be tricky to put technology down completely, given that you might use it every day for school or work, but there are ways you can stop yourself from checking it so frequently. Review resources provided by the eSafety Commissioner find out more about balancing time spent using digital technologies.


Common Sense

Most technology wasn’t built with kids in mind. Common Sense is working to make the digital world better for kids and families. Explore their media ratings and find curriculum and classroom resources at Common Sense Education.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child acknowledges the First Australian owners of the lands on where we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this country.

The Centre recognises that the examples we set in diversity and inclusion will support young children to respect and celebrate differences in all people. We embed diversity, inclusivity and equality into all aspects of the Centre’s activities and welcome all people regardless of race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and national origin.