What Matters? is now closed for 2018
Thank you for your entries. Winners and runners up will be announced in August. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.
Prize Information here.Prizes are awarded in 4 categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12, courtesy of our generous supporters:
What Matters? - Australia's most thoughtful writing competition.
Inspired by Gough Whitlam's commitment to involving young people in the shaping of Australia's future, the competition is currently open to NSW, the ACT and Tasmania school students in years 5 to 12. Responding to the simple question 'what matters?', entrants are free to express their views on any matter they care about.
The competition receives thousands of entries covering a wide range of subjects, putting paid to the idea that young Australians are disengaged and disaffected. Year after year we are reminded how passionate, observant and articulate young people are, and how deeply driven they are by a sense of social justice as they offer us a window into not just what concerns them, but what inspires them.
To enter What Matters? students submit an original written work between 400-600 words in prose or poetry, of either fiction or non-fiction. See Competition Guidelines here.