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Young Journalist Award 2019

Staff  |  01 February 2019

Young writers - here's your chance to get published and win some great prizes thanks to the 2019 Young Journalist Award, brought to you by Australian Catholic University. 

The theme for the Australian Catholics 2019 Young Journalist Award is 'The journey of a family'. Do you know of any families in your community who have embarked on an inspiring journey?

The journey can be a physical trip, such as a family starting life in a new country or area. For example, what was the journey like for refugees? How did they travel? How long did it take? What dangers did the family face?

However the theme is not restricted to travel. Perhaps you could interview someone from a family business. How did the idea for the business come about? What went into the organisation? What ups and downs have they faced?

Alternatively, do you know a family that has dealt with sickness or trauma, or one where they play a particular sport or are involved as a family in a particular organisation? Stories can be found everywhere. 


There are two sections to enter: 

  • Junior Section – Years 5 and 6
  • Intermediate Section – Years 7, 8 and 9

The winner of each section will receive a prize pack of $200, consisting of a Penguin Random House pack of $150 and $50 cash, while the runners-up will receive a $100 Penguin Random House prize pack and $50 cash. The winning stories will be published in our Spring edition. View full prize details here. 

This is a journalistic piece – so no creative writing. It must include quotes from at least one interview subject and should answer the basic questions of who, where, when, why, what and how. 

Judges will be looking for an interesting factual story with a strong heading (no more than six words). The article should be of broad interest to Australian Catholics readers (ie. students, parents and teachers in Catholic schools and parish communities). 

Entries must not exceed 350 words for the Junior Section, nor exceed 500 words for the Intermediate Section.

ENTRIES CLOSE 5pm on Friday 24 May 2019.


Enter now

Click on the links below to submit your entreis. 

Junior Section submission form

Intermediate Section submission form


Terms and conditions:

  • Articles must be written by individual students – team entries are not accepted. Only one entry per student will be accepted. 
  • Entries can only be submitted electronically using the above submission forms. Please ensure all details, including teacher contact details, are supplied. Please follow the instructions and requirements on the entry forms. 
  • WORD COUNT: Entries must not exceed 350 words for Junior section (Year 5 and 6) and 500 words for Intermediate section (Year 7, 8 and 9). 
  • Article must contain a unique, relevant title. 
  • Closing date for entries is 5pm Friday 24 May 2019. Entries arriving after this date will not be accepted. 
  • The decision of the judges is final. Winners will be notified via their school before the Spring 2019 edition goes to press.
  • Winning stories will be published in the Spring 2019 issue of Australian Catholics. Prizes will be forwarded to the school for distribution. 

Good luck!


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