What Matters? Tasmania 2021

Closing deadline has been extended!

Students now have until Friday 21 May 2021 to submit their entries in this year’s competition.  You can do this through either your school or from home

To submit an entry, or for further information and competition guidelines visit the What Matters? Writing Competition page on the Whitlam Institute website.

What Matters? Writing Competition

What Matters? is a writing competition that gives Tasmanian Year 5-12 students the opportunity to write about what matters to them in society today. This may mean considering the following questions:

  • What actions do you think should be taken to build a better society?
  • What would you change if you could?
  • What do you want other people to care about?

Students submit an original written work between 400-600 words in prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction.


In Tasmania prizes are awarded in four categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12.

Category Winners will receive $350, and $200 is awarded to each Category Runner Up.

An Overall Tasmanian Winner will be selected from Category Winners, with an additional prize provided by the Department of Education.

All entrants will receive a certificate of participation from the Whitlam Institute.

For further information on the Tasmanian What Matters? Competition contact the Project Officer by phone (03) 6165 6196 or email learning.events@education.tas.gov.au

2020 Competition Winners

Years 11-12

Years 9-10

Years 7-8

Years 5-6

Overall Tasmanian