Furry Tales Children’s Story Competition

Are you a cat lover with a passion for writing who would love to support the work of The Cat Protection Society in caring for and rehoming cats and kittens in need?

The Cat Protection Society of Victoria are inviting writing enthusiasts young and old to prepare and share their very own unique short story aimed at preschool to junior primary school aged children that helps to educate the community on responsible cat ownership and raise the profile of cats as companion pets.

Your short story may be focussed on a cat who has found themselves seeking refuge at our adoption shelter; about a cat who is adopted into their purrfect forever home; about the challenges faced by a cat living on the street without a home to call its own; about your own family cat or about a cat that has had a profound impact on your life.

We can’t wait to read your stories.

Our Junior Furry Tales Children’s Story Competition is open to children aged 12 years and under and stories should be no longer than 1000 words. 

Our Furry Tales Children’s Story Competition is open to anyone aged 12 years and above and should be no longer than 2500 words. 

Our favourite stories from both competition categories will be combined into a Children’s Book that will be fully illustrated and published available to purchase from our Society retail and online store. All sale proceeds from the Book will help to ensure that we can continue to provide the highest levels of care and rehome cats and kittens in need.

The book will also form a key part of our Cat Protection Society Primary School Program which will be rolled out in 2022.

 

Prizes

Our winning author in the Junior Furry Tales Children’s Story Competition will receive a $150 Ultimate Kids Gift Card, a certificate and a private shelter tour with plenty of opportunities for cat and kitten cuddling with x3 friends (to be scheduled when restrictions allow).

Our winning author in the Furry Tales Children’s Story Competition will receive a $300 Visa Debit Card Voucher and a private shelter tour.

Both authors will also be featured within the published Children’s Book.

 

Judging Criteria

All short stories received across both categories will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Is the story well written, unique and engaging?
  • Does reading the story generate an emotional response; whether it be a smile, a laugh, a tear or a warm, happy feeling inside?
  • Does the story help to educate the community on responsible cat ownership?
  • Does the story help to promote how amazing cats are as companion pets?

We have also engaged some expert guest judges to help us identify the short story from each competition category that should be developed into our Children’s Story Book.

Annie Bell

Primary School Teacher and Cat-Lover

I am delighted to be a part of this fantastic campaign that combines my two great passions - literature and cat adoption/protection. If it weren’t for the wonderful work of shelters such as the Cat Protection Society, I would not have found my ‘furrever’ friend Peaches. I am honoured to have the opportunity to read stories from a pool of talented young writers. Good luck to all!

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Jacqui Foley

Community Outreach Coordinator

Jacqui has been an integral part of The Cat Protection Society Team for over 5 years and when not being playing “feline match-maker” in our adoption shelter, Jacqui spends her time visiting Aged Care Homes, Schools and Community Organisations to promote responsible cat ownership and the health and wellbeing benefits of being a cat owner.

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Laura Vissaritis

Animal Behaviourist, Author, Speaker & Radio Personality

Laura V is an Animal Behaviourist and Trainer, Author and Animal Advocate. Laura also regularly provides animal advice and lifestyle talk back on 3AW radio in Melbourne. Laura is incredibly passionate about raising the profile of cats as amazing companion animals and championing what responsible cat ownership looks like.

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Illustrator

Our winning stories will be illustrated and bought to life by in the incredibly talented Leah Lux; Artist and Photographer, Educator and Cat-Mum. You can view Leah’s illustrations @luxleah on Instagram or on her website at Leahlux.com

“I have always had pets including dogs, cats, fish, yabbies, mice, birds and even a hamster while I lived in Japan.

And I have been making art since she could hold a crayon. I have now made and exhibited art in Japan, Spain, Sydney and Melbourne.

About 10 years ago, I discovered a way to share and keep the joy of owning a pet, through painting pet portraits. I try to represent very personal memories within the portraits by including meaningful objects and ephemera along with the pet.

The world is full of beauty but many of Life’s events can turn us away from things that can sooth and heal us. Bringing joyful ideas, memories and smiles to people is the greatest gift.  I hope, with this Furry Tails Children’s Story project, I can bring a smile to people in this time of turmoil”

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Key Dates

Entry to our Furry Tales Children’s Story Competition is open until Sunday 17th of October and our winners will be announced at the beginning of November.

 

To enter, please upload your story using the webform below:

  • A little more on The Cat Protection Society of Victoria

    Every year, more than 1500 surrendered and abandoned cats and kittens come into our care seeking refuge at our shelter. As a dedicated team of cat-lovers, we work to ensure that every one of these cats and kittens are provided with every opportunity to find their happily furever after.

    When a cat comes into the care of the Society, our teams spring into action, not only showing them love and care, but making sure they are happy, healthy and ready to find a new home.

    Our feline friendly vet team give each cat a health check, ensuring they are vaccinated, desexed and not suffering from any illness or injury. For some, a little extra TLC may be needed, so they’ll spend time with a dedicated Foster Carer who is able to provide around the clock care as they recover from illness or surgery, or just learn to trust humans again. On average, a cat will spend 20 days in our care before they find their new home. But for some, it can be months.

    Once they are ready, they will enter our adoption program where our team of expert match-makers get to work on finding them their perfect home.

    As a not for profit animal welfare charity, The Cat Protection Society of Victoria receives no government funding to support our work. We rely solely on the generosity of the cat-loving community to provide care for cats in need and to run our adoption program.

    In addition to our work within our adoption shelter itself, our Society also works closely with local community groups and local and state government bodies to promote responsible cat ownership and to help identify proactive solutions to tackle the issue of cat overpopulation.