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WriteOn is an annual writing competition open to all NSW primary students in Years 1 to 6. Students use a photograph as a stimulus to compose an imaginative piece of writing up to 500 words in length. Students have the opportunity to become published authors with outstanding entries published each year.

Use WriteOn as a whole-class teaching activity or as an individual project for some students. Refer to the NSW English syllabus for K–6 to maximise the purpose of the competition.

WriteOn 2016

The 2016 competition was held in association with the State Library of NSW. Students composed short, imaginative pieces of writing using the photograph below for inspiration.

Competition photograph (select to enlarge)

Reproduced with permission of State Library NSW

Download competition poster

Gold award recipients 2016

Stage 1

  • Olivia Kim, Meriden Junior School
  • Aoife Kingston, Emmanuel Anglican College
  • Abby McCutcheon, Castle Cove Public School
  • Jasmine Stevenson, Mosman Public School
  • Bella Rutter, Glenbrook Public School
  • Natalie Barclay, Pymble Public School

Stage 2

  • Callum Macgown, Knox Grammar Preparatory School
  • Inez Crosby, St Joan of Arc Catholic School
  • Grace Mihaljevic, Tara Anglican School for Girls
  • Darcey Kinmont, Santa Sabina College Primary Campus
  • Bianca Hoare, Roseville College
  • Alexandra Ingliss, Gib Gate

Stage 3

  • Gemma White, Kambala
  • Olivia Hosie, Ravenswood School for Girls
  • Laura Halliday, Abbotsleigh
  • Avi Bailey, Albury Public School
  • Alexander Hanson, Castle Cove Public School
  • Clair Stiff, Ballimore Public School
  • Danial Pacey, Knox Grammar Preparatory School

Silver award recipients 2016

Stage 1

  • Tia Brown, Wahroonga Preparatory School
  • Izabel Lee, Bathurst Public School
  • Neeve Sommerville, St James Catholic Primary School
  • Laura Butler, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  • Sienna McCarthy, St Philip’s Christian College, Port Stevens
  • Ronin Naumovski, Wollongong Public School

Stage 2

  • Alexander Yeoh, John the Baptist
  • Sophia Slamkas, Redeemer Baptist School
  • Charlie Carroll, Oxford Falls Grammar School
  • Nina Gibbs, Strathfield North Public School
  • Olive Gibson, Warrawee Public School
  • Emily Ashton, St Philip’s Christian College

Stage 3

  • Ellery Behan, Redeemer Baptist School
  • Marta Kupisz, St Joan of Arc Catholic School
  • Rose Miall, St Thomas Aquinas
  • Madeleine Lee, Lane Cove West Public School
  • James Jenson, St Ives North Public School
  • Caitlin Morris

Bronze award recipients 2016

Stage 1

  • Nathaniel Lin, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
  • Maya Khun, Oxford Falls Grammar School
  • Sam McLennan, St Mary’s Primary School
  • Isabelle Teh, Roseville College
  • Helena Xue, Toongabbie Hill Public School
  • Millie Ryan
  • , Tighes Hill Public School

Stage 2

  • Jolan Guo, Abbotsleigh
  • Wil Stuckings, Wahroonga Preparatory School
  • Mika Lofts, Tighes Hill Public School
  • Yelin Zou, Queenwood
  • Patrick Leach, Our Lady of the Angels
  • Poppy Tonello, Narrabean North Public School

Stage 3

  • Alessia Gallimore, Kincoppal Rose Bay Junior School
  • Claire Heazlewood, Wagga Wagga Public School
  • Madeleine Smith, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
  • Taylah Percival, Maitland Christian School
  • Roisin Carey, Santa Sabina College Primary School
  • Jessica Webster, Loreto Normanhurst

How to enter

The next WriteOn competition will open for entries in June 2017.

Entry guidelines

WriteOn is open to all NSW children in Years 1 to 6. Schools should submit their best entry from each Stage. Each entry must be a maximum of 500 words.

Students will use the competition photograph as inspiration for a short imaginative piece of writing. Compositions may include:

  • narratives
  • letters
  • poems
  • scripts for radio, film and play
  • interviews
  • journal entries.

A panel of experienced NSW primary teachers from each sector will judge the entries.

The following assessment criteria is used by the judges when assessing the entries and judging the competition. Students will demonstrate the quality of their writing by:

  • engaging the audience in a way that is creative, interpretive, critical and powerful
  • maintaining a consistent structure appropriate for the type of text selected
  • using a range of stylistic devices appropriate for the stage of the writer and the intended audience
  • using a variety of language, vocabulary and punctuation forms throughout the piece
  • considering the purpose, audience and context
  • evidence of a process of planning, investigating, adapting, editing and revising.

The decision of the judging panel is final.

More information and contact

Peter Lee
Inspector, Primary Education
NSW Education Standards Authority
Tel: (02) 9367 8191

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