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‘What Matters?’ Writing Competition – Closes 10th May 2019

From Academic Enrichment Co-ordinator – Stephanie Boyce

‘What Matters?’ Writing Competition  

‘The Future Leaders Awards recognise and reward young Australians who have shown strong leadership and potential. The Awards also aim to inspire others to engage in environmental and community issues and make a difference.’

What Matters? is a ‘catalyst for young thinkers and young writers to develop a perspective, a point of view, on where we’re heading as a society’.

Inspired by Gough Whitlam’s commitment to involving young people in the shaping of Australia’s future, the competition is currently open to school students in years 5 to 12 from NSW, VIC, WA, the ACT and Tasmania. Responding to the simple question ‘what matters?’, entrants are free to express their views on any matter they care about.  It encourages students to think critically and creatively about a range of social, political, economic, cultural, environmental or civic issues. Students think about the impact of such issues and how these issues might be addressed.

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

Future Leaders – Writing and Photography Prizes – 31st May 2019

The Future Leaders Writing Prize is designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Year 11 and 12 students in Australian secondary schools are invited to submit a piece of writing (800 to 1,000 words).   The writing can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic.

The Future Leaders Photography Prize is designed to recognize talented young photographers. Year 12 students are invited to submit digital photographic work (one photograph for each student). The work submitted can be on any theme. Submissions must include Student’s Name, School and Year Level.

The award winner will receive $1,000. Where there is more than one winner the prize money will be shared.  The winners of the Future Leaders Prizes will have their work published.

Any students interested in submitting a piece of writing or piece should contact Stephanie Boyce,