‘What Matters?’ Writing Competition
‘What Matters?’ is a national writing competition run by the Whitlam Institute (at Western Sydney University). It gives Years 5 to 12 students from around Australia 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 enter an original written work between 400-600 words in prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction.
Entries are submitted to the What Matters? Writing Competition page on the Whitlam Institute’s website.
National Awards and Prizes
The results of the national 2021 ‘What Matters?’ writing competition were announced in a series of short online videos on Monday, 18 October 2021. Discover the winning entries by accessing the Whitlam Institute’s website.
Tasmanian State Awards and Prizes
Tasmanian students who enter the national competition are automatically entered into ‘What Matters? Tasmania’. Like the national competition, prizes are awarded in four categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12.
Category Winners receive $350, and $200 is awarded to each Category Runner Up.
An Overall Tasmanian Winner is selected from the Category Winners, and receive an additional prize provided by the Department of Education.
The winning entries in the 2021 ‘What Matters? Tasmania’ competition were announced in Hobart on Monday, 9 August 2021.
2021 Tasmanian State Award Winners
- Category Winner: Hannah McCann – Okay (PDF, 205KB)
- Runner-Up: Gabrielle Purcell – Prophecy (PDF, 261KB)
- Highly Commended: Chloe Woodhall – Mountains (PDF, 213KB)
- Category Winner: Oenone Schofield – Childhood (PDF, 518KB)
- Runner-Up: Anonymous – You don’t matter to anorexia (PDF, 271KB)
- Runner-Up: Amelie Hughes – Dying Art of Conversation (PDF, 485KB)
- Highly Commended: Charlotte Ball – Putting Yourself In Someone Else’s Shoes (PDF, 480KB)
- Category Winner: Mira Corry – A Story About Stories (PDF, 212KB)
- Highly Commended: Marguerite McClintock – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Waking Up to Aboriginal Injustice) (PDF, 247KB)
- Highly Commended: Sophia Raudino – Our World (PDF, 254KB)
- Category Winner: Grace Wilson – Edge of the World (PDF, 521KB)
- Runner-Up: Khan Huseyin – What Matters- Everything Does (PDF, 479KB)
- Highly Commended: Eve Rigozzi – The Music Inside Me (PDF, 486KB)
- Highly Commended: Nina Brandenburg – Smile (PDF, 532KB)
Overall Tasmanian Winner
- Mira Corry: A Story About Stories (PDF, 212KB)