2017 Patrick White Writing Competition

The 2017 Patrick White Writing Competition is now open for Aboriginal students from Kindergarten to Year 12

Who is Patrick White?

Patrick White was Australia’s first writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and was an avid supporter of the advancement of Aboriginal youth.

What the Awards Do?

The Awards have been designed to encourage Aboriginal students in Kindergarten to Year 12 studying in NSW to use their reading, writing, and creative skills to submit a short story, poem or play.

Themes for 2017

Kindergarten to Year 12

"The Wild"

"Then I heard the loudest noise"

"What Now."

Group Competition - Years K-3

The Group section of the competition is offered to support Aboriginal students working together with their classmates to develop a shared story, poem or play.

In the early years of schooling, group work is encouraged and the AEC would like to support this learning approach.

As long as one member of the class identifies as Aboriginal the work will be accepted. The prizes are awarded on a class by class basis for each of the years Kindergarten to Year 3. Schools are free to enter as many stories, poems or plays as they like for each class.


Entries close at the end of Term 3 each year. For 2017 this is 22 September.

Please visit the Aboriginal Education Council competition website to learn more and to enter the competition.

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