What Matters? Tasmania 2021

‘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

Years 11-12

Years 9-10

Years 7-8

Years 5-6

Overall Tasmanian Winner