Competition Now closed.
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 Australia. Responding to the simple question ‘what matters?’, entrants are free to express their views on any matter they care about.
The competition receives thousands of entries covering a wide range of subjects, putting paid to the idea that young Australians are disengaged and disaffected. Year after year we are reminded how passionate, observant and articulate young people are, and how deeply driven they are by a sense of social justice as they offer us a window into not just what concerns them, but what inspires them.
To enter What Matters? students submit an original written work between 400-600 words in prose or poetry, of either fiction or non-fiction. See Competition Guidelines here.
Prizes are awarded in 4 categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12. Warm thanks to our generous supporters for their prizes: the Museum of Australian Democracy, Writing NSW, Reachout.com, Westwords, Varuna – the Writers House and the Writing Workshop. Prize Information here.
Watch this space for winners and runner ups!
WestWords is proud to present What Matters? alongside the Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University