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What Matters? 2016 NSW/ACT
Congratulations to all students who participated in the biggest ever What Matters? competition. We received a remarkable 3870 entries from students in NSW the ACT and Tasmania! We are so excited for next year!
The What Matters? 2016 Overall Competition Winner was announced at the awards ceremony, held on 2 August 2016. Congratulations to Saakshi Koul from Ryde Secondary College for her essay, We Matter.
The What Matters? 2016 finalists with Professor Barney Glover, Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor, Hugh Mackay AO, What Matters? Patron and Professor Peter Shergold AC, Western Sydney University Chancellor.
We have now announced all of our winners and runners up, and we're pleased to share their entries with you. They'll soon be published in a booklet with lots of pictures from the Award Ceremony, but if you just can't wait you can check them out here!
Year7/8 Category Winner & Overall Competition Winner
NSW/ACT Competition Finalists
Tasmania Competition Finalists
View our 2016 Shortlisted entrants - the top 30 for each age category:
A Certificate of Participation has been sent to all students who participated in the What Matters? 2016 writing competition. If you haven't received your certificate please check with your teacher.
The What Matters? Competition is run annually by the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University. The 2017 competition will open for students in NSW, the ACT and Tasmania in Term 1.
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, at the Whitlam Institute.
- The Years 5/6 and 7/8 category winners and runners up 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 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.
Overall Competition Winner
The overall competition winner, announced at the awards ceremony, will receive an iPad and a trophy. 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.