State Activities

You don’t have to be a QCWA member to enter all our competitions!

QCWA convenes annual competitions across a broad range of skills. We provide a platform for competition in order to foster high standards in each field as a community service. But more importantly, we aim to promote a broad interest in the activity itself and the competitions complement our workshops and craft groups.

All of our competitions run from November to October. Judging at a Branch level is done throughout the year with finalists being judged at the QCWA Annual State Conference held in October. For more information on when a competition is being held near you contact your local QCWA Branch. 

You don’t have to be a member to enter!

Art competition categories include:

• Still life (consists of an arranged setting, not a natural one)
• Landscape (consists of picture or part of one representing inland scenery)
• Contemporary (ultra-modern style, including abstract)

First prize is $250 and second prize is $150.

Please read the competition rules

Tips For Entering An Art Competition

  1. Read the rules thoroughly prior to submitting your work
  2. Be yourself
  3. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t win – your work will be part of a beautiful exhibition that will bring joy an inspiration to those who see it
  4. Your contribution is very valuable to us

You don’t have to be a member to enter!

Love your camera, and taking shots of just about everything?

Why not enter the QCWA Photography Contest?

Members, non-members and children up to 15 years are welcome to enter.

There are 11 categories, with one of the categories being in two parts for children up to nine years and children 10 to 15 years inclusive. Each year, one of the categories reflects the current United Nations International Year.

To view the category list, please download the competition schedule for 2018.


You don’t have to be a member to enter!

Both knitting and crochet are enjoying renewed popularity across the world. Whilst many QCWA members are very active knitters and crocheters, we know there are just as many non-members out there producing beautiful work.

If you don’t knit or crochet, but would like to learn how, then have a chat to your branch president about starting some classes in your area.

Competition Schedule


This competition is only open to QCWA members

Handcrafts take many forms from embroidery to macramé and felting to beading. Each year, competitions are run around the state to complement the handcraft workshops run by QCWA.

The State Handcraft Competition covers a huge assortment of handcraft techniques. Have a look at the competition schedule to see the categories you can enter in.

Competition Schedule


You don’t have to be a member to enter!

The members of the Queensland Country Women’s Association are renowned for their extraordinary skills – particularly in dressmaking.

Each year, members have the opportunity to enter a statewide dressmaking competition. You’ll find this year’s schedule here with a list of categories you can enter in.

Competition Schedule 2018

What could you create this year?


You don’t have to be a member to enter!

In 1959, the first State Cookery Contest was held as a way of raising money towards the construction of the proposed State Offices and Club which came to be known as Ruth Fairfax House, now the RFH on Gregory.

Queensland Country Life came onboard at the time as the only sponsor, offering £300. From these humble beginnings, the State Cookery Contest has continued and grown.

Each year the QCWA cookery contest culminates in the annual judging of finalists. Having succeeded through entries at Branch level and then at Division level, finalists of approximately 16 classes deliver their cakes, slices and biscuits, jams and chutneys to the State Conference, where they are judged and prizes awarded accordingly.

For more information contact our State Cookery Chairman at

Competition Schedule


You don’t have to be a member to enter!

The QCWA Floral Art Committee was formed on the Darling Downs in 1978. The aim was to create an interest in flower arranging for members and non-members. Money raised from the competitions goes towards funding various QCWA projects.

If you would like to participate in our Floral Art competitions, check out the Competition Schedule.

Competition Schedule


Competition open to QCWA members only

Do you love to write or just want to give it a go?
Are you one of the billions in this world who is terrified of public speaking? Maybe you love it!

QCWA provides an opportunity for speakers to get up in front of a supportive audience. It doesn’t matter where you live or what your level of writing or speaking, you can get involved today. One of our members who won for her essays two years in a row has gone on to write two books!

Competitions for 2017

Bush Poetry Competition
Essay Writing Competition
Poetry Composition Contest
Public Speaking Competition


If you are interested in one or more of these areas please contact your local Branch or the Convenor, Carol Jackson at

Each year the QCWA State International Officer runs competitions for school children centered around the QCWA’s nominated country of study.

This year the country of study is Greenland. There are many competitions this year for children as outlined in the downloadable schedule.

Competition Schedule

Colouring In Template

If you would like your school or your child to be involved in any of the competitions, please contact the State International Officer at



The QCWA Patchworkers group aims to promote friendship and learning among members and the community.

Each year, members of the group support a major charity.

Over the last few years, we have made several hundred wheelchair bags for residents of Granston Lodge, a facility that helps those with multiple sclerosis. Turbans are also made for cancer patients, and bags for walking frames.

Last year, ‘fiddle mats’ or lap quilts were made as they are much appreciated by people with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Quilt shows are held at regional meetings and at the QCWA State Conference.

Patchworkers also offers an annual bursary of $500 for a 2nd year rural student studying fashion design at TAFE.

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