What Matters? Tasmania 2020

Entries for the 2020 What Matters? Tasmania writing competition are now open

Submit your entry online to The Whitlam Institute before midnight on Friday 8 May 2020.

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 involve 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?

To enter submit an original written work between 400-600 words in prose or poetry, of either fiction or non-fiction.

Prizes will be awarded in 4 categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12.  $350 will be awarded to each category winner and $200 for each category runner-up.

New in 2020

One category winner will be selected as the Tasmanian Overall Winner, with an additional prize provided by the Department of Education.  The Tasmanian Overall Winner will receive an additional $150 and be flown to Sydney to take part in a full-day writer’s workshop, with accommodation, meals and travel in Sydney covered.

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

For further information, the Project Officer Lauren Faulks, can be contacted by phone (03) 6165 6389 or email pli.learning.events@education.tas.gov.au

How to enter

Looking for Inspiration? Last year’s winners and finalist essays are online on the Whitlam Institute website.

What Matters 2019 – Competition Winners

Years 11-12

Highly Commended – Logan Stacey (PDF, 72KB)

Years 9-10

Winner – Samuel Hill (PDF, 45KB)
Runner Up – Chelsea Clarke (PDF, 21KB)
Highly Commended – Miwa Clark (PDF, 72KB)

Years 7-8

Winner – Brandy Ride (PDF, 102KB)
Runner Up – Nicola Chimes (PDF, 77KB)
Highly Commended – Beowulf Cole (PDF, 79KB)
Highly Commended – Isaiah Compagne (PDF, 82KB)

Years 5-6

Winner – Sarah Heynes (PDF, 75KB)
Runner Up – Lilian Reynolds (PDF, 101KB)
Highly Commended – Eva Franks (PDF, 76KB)
Highly Commended – Samai Lyne (PDF, 158KB)