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What Matters? 2015
The Whitlam Institute celebrated the biggest ever What Matters? Competition with a star-studded celebration on September 9 for the 13 finalists from NSW, the ACT and Tasmania. Over 3500 entries were received from over 260 schools, making it a very special achievement to be selected as a competition finalist.
The Overall Competition Winner was announced at the ceremony, and is our youngest ever winner! Congratulations to Amelie Brown from Sutherland Public School for her entry, 'Ben Matters'!
Our finalists have written with passion and conviction on themes as diverse as the importance of physics to understandings of our world, the mistreatment of our elderly, and very timely pieces of writing on the plight of refugees and the treatment of the 'Bali nine'. We hope you enjoy reading their entries as much as we have.
Year 5/6 Category Winner & Overall Competition Winner
2015 NSW/ACT finalists
2015 Tasmanian finalists
The What Matters? Competition is run annually by the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University. The 2016 competition will open for students in NSW, the ACT and Tasmania in Term 1.
Prizes were 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 received their prize at an awards ceremony, following their participation in a Young Writers Forum run by The Writing Workshop, at the Whitlam Institute.
- The Years 5/6 and 7/8 category winners and runners up received 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 ReachOut.com, meeting the team 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 overall competition winner, announced at the awards ceremony, received an iPad and a trophy. The overall competition winner was 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.