What Matters? Competition 2014

We are very pleased to announce the 2014 What Matters? Competition NSW/ACT Finalists!

All of their entries are available to read below.

CONGRATULATIONS to Overall 2014 Competition Winner Raina Joseph from Girraween High School, and to all of our finalists!

A Certificate of Participation has been sent to all students who participated in the 2014 What Matters? Writing competition. If you haven't received your certificate please check with your teacher. 

Raina Joseph with Quentin Dempster and Hugh Mackay

Overall Winner Raina Joseph with Quentin Dempster and Hugh Mackay

The 2014 What Matters? Competition was presented by the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney, and was proudly supported by ReachOut , The Writing Workshop and the NSW Writers' Centre.


Year 11/12 Category Winner and Overall Winner Raina Joseph


Eleanor Hall Year 11/12 Category Runner Up 

Dana Tribbia Year 9/10 Category Winner

Vivian Truong Year 9/10 Category Runner Up

Anonymous Year 7/8 Category Winner

Max Moran Year 7/8 Category Runner Up

Brendon Chen Year 5/6 Category Winner

Daniel Beattie Year 5/6 Category Runner Up


Anonymous Yr 5 - 6

Luke Muir WM 2014

Chelsea Burt WM 2014 Belinda Parry WM 2014What Matters 2014 supporter logos

What Matters? 2014 TVS program broadcast January 2015

NSW/ACT 2014 Competition Information

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.

All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.

2014 What Matters entry form icon

2014 What Matters poster icon 

 2014 What Matters criteria icon


Closing date
Tuesday 6 May 2014.

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, in August 2014, at the University of Western Sydney's Parramatta campus. Finalists' entries will be published in print and online.

- 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.

- The Year 11/12 category winner will receive a 1 Year Membership to the NSW Writers' Centre, and the opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop* donated by the NSW Writers' Centre. The Year 11/12 category winner will also receive a book voucher to the value of $100.


Overall Competition Winner
- An overall competition winner, announced at the awards ceremony, will receive an iPad. The overall competition winner will be selected from finalists in NSW, ACT and What Matters? Tasmania.

*To participate in a NSW Writers' Centre workshop you must be over the age of 16. Participants under the age of 18 must have their participation approved in advance. The NSW Writers' Centre cannot guarantee that all workshops will be available.

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