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Understanding our cultural heritage provides us with a sense of belonging and serves as a stable platform from which we can launch ourselves into the future.

The goal of the Back to Your Roots 2017–18 writing competition is to encourage young people who live, work or study in the ACT to develop a closer connection with their family histories and better understand the significance of certain parts of their parents’ or even grandparents’ culture.

Entries should be written in English and must fit into one of the categories listed below. The competition is open to all youth (8–18 years of age) who live, work or study in the Australian Capital Territory.

Entries will be assessed by appointed panel judges, who will select a winner from each age division. Successful submissions will demonstrate an insightful appreciation of one of more aspects of the entrant’s cultural heritage. Winners will receive movie tickets for themselves and four others.

Winning entries will be announced on 23 February 2018 and will be published on the Back to Your Roots website, along with selected other entries.

Be sure to select the correct age division. Divisions are based on your age as at 1 January 2018, and each one has a corresponding word limit (no minimums).

Age divisions and word limits:

    • Primary (8–11 years), 500 words maximum
    • Junior (12–14 years), 750 words maximum
    • Senior (15–18 years), 1,000 words maximum

Categories of written work accepted:

    • Essay
    • Short story
    • Poem
    • Script
    • Comic
    • Song lyrics

If you need more information, please read the Terms and Conditions on the Entry Form or check out our FAQs .

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