Junior School

Writing Competitions

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Ravenswood participates in a range of regional, state and national writing competitions.

Each year extension students are given the opportunity to enter different competitions to enable them to write for an audience. Students are involved in the process of planning, drafting and proofreading their work.

What Matters

This annual competition is organised by the Whitlam Institute and is open to students in Years 5-9 in NSW and ACT. Students write an opinion piece of between 400-600 words about what matters and why. Students are free to express their views on any matter they care about.

Sydney Youth Writing Competition

This annual competition is open to Junior School students in NSW. The competition asks students to use one of three signature words in their imaginative entries. Students can write under the categories of plays, short stories, poetry or free choice. Winning entries are collated and published in a book each year.

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

This annual award aims to capture the imagination of school students across Australia, inspiring them with a passion for poetry. It is open to students of all ages and abilities under varying categories, and gives Australia’s youth a voice, and an opportunity to strive for excellence. The competition runs from May through to June.


This is an annual writing competition for NSW students in Years 1-6. Students write imaginative, persuasive and/or informative texts of up to 500 words, in response to the stimulus of a photograph. Schools can only submit one entry per stage.

Guringai Festival Reconciliation Writing Competition

This annual competition is open to students in Years 5-9 in the Northern Sydney Region and aims to promote Reconciliation amongst younger Australians. The competition runs during the Guringai Festival in late May. The topic changes each year and students write no more than 800 words.