What Matters? Writing Competition

Results for the 2022 ‘What Matters?’ Tasmania writing competition are now out!

So many fantastic entries have been received in the 2022 ‘What Matters?’ Tasmania writing competition! Check out the winning entries below!

2022 Tasmanian State Award Winners

Years 11-12

Years 9-10

Years 7-8

Years 5-6

Overall Tasmanian Winner

About the ‘What Matters?’ Writing Competition

‘What Matters?’ is a national writing competition run by the Whitlam Institute (within Western Sydney University).  It gives Years 5 to 12 students from around Australia the opportunity to write about what matters to them in society todayThis 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.

National Awards and Prizes

The results of the national 2022 ‘What Matters?’ writing competition will be announced later in the year.

Discover the 2021 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 for Education, Children and Young People.