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We believe that students need a platform to express themselves as writers. We believe that this platform can be recognised in schools, as well as one that connects you to your peer group in a meaningful nationwide experience. The IWA provides the connection.

The competition is open to any Year 5  – 8 student. The Essay Starter is chosen to spark interest, debate and involvement.

We believe writing is a powerful connector, a powerful art and a powerful voice.

Winners receives incredible prizes for themselves as well as recognition with the IWA for you, your school and your teacher. You will also receive the honour of the inaugural student trophy for a year, and your school will receive the honour of the inaugural school’s trophy for the year. Your participation and/or success is noteworthy in academic and future careers.

The IWA Process for


Engaging in the competition is easy. You will receive an essay question that you can approach and complete independently, or, if you prefer, you can discuss with others and seek advice. The essay must simply reflect your own work and ideas.

Your school needs to register. To request that an info pack is sent to you to forward to your teacher please see below.

You will receive:

  • the essay question
  • reading material to introduce you to the topic
  • instructions and guidelines for your composition, such as word limits.
How to get your

School Involved

To be involved, your school first needs to register. If you would like to alert your school to the IWA, please fill in the form below. We will email you back and you can forward the information to your teacher.