What Matters? Competition 2013

We are very pleased to announce the 2013 What Matters? Competition Finalists!

All of their entries are available to read below.

These gifted and passionate writers attended the Awards Ceremony on July 29 and were presented with their prizes.

CONGRATULATIONS to Overall 2013 Competition Winner Jumaana Abdu from James Ruse Agricultural High School, and to all of our finalists! 

Jumaana Abdu and Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO

Jumaana Abdu, 2013 What Matters? Competition Overall Winner with Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales

2013 What Matters Competition Finalists

2013 What Matters? Competition finalists

Georgia Deen

Jared Hui

Martha Reece 

Eleanor Boxall 

Jumaana Abdu 

James Nash 

Esha Kumar 

Anna Stocks

Participation certificates have been sent, in early July, to all students who entered the competition.

See your teacher if you haven't received you certificate.

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What actions do you think should be taken to build a better society?

What would you change if you could?

What do you want other people to care about?

What Matters? 2012 TVS program, broadcast January 2013


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What Matters? is a writing competition that gives Year 5 – 12 students in NSW and the ACT a chance to say what matters to them in society today.

What Matters? is presented by the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney, and is proudly supported by Officeworks, ReachOut and The Writing Workshop.

How to enter

Write a 400-600 word opinion piece on what matters to you and why. Entries must be typed on A4 paper. Strictly one entry per student. All entries must be accompanied by a signed entry form. Entry forms are available from your teacher or can be downloaded below.

Closing date

Friday 3 May 2013

Student Prizes

Prizes are awarded in 4 categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12.

 - $350 for each category winner and $200 for each category runner-up. Winners and runners-up will receive their prize at an awards ceremony, following their participation in a Young Writers Forum run by The Writing Workshop, on 29 July 2013 at the University of Western Sydney's Parramatta campus. Winning entries will be published in print and online.

- An overall competition winner, announced at the awards ceremony, will receive an iPad donated by Officeworks.

- The Years 5/6 and7/8 category winners will each receive a full-day creative writing workshop donated by The Writing Workshop, conducted by award-winning author Bernard Cohen.

- The Year 9/10 category winner will be invited to spend a day at the Inspire Foundation, meeting the ReachOut.com Crew and receiving professional training. They will also be offered the opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for the ReachOut.com website (www.reachout.com).

- The Year 11/12 category winner will receive a book voucher to the value of $100.

All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.

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