My Place Competition
Teaching Resource -
About this Resource
The My Place television series, based on the classic picture book by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, is a ‘time machine’ which takes audiences back into Australia’s past. It explores our national history through the eyes of children, spanning a period of over 200 years. In 2020, we are asking children: tell us about your place.
Australian children find themselves living through a historically significant time. The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped their lives, and historians of the future will want to know how this looked and felt for children, their families, and their communities. The 2020 My Place Competition asks students to reflect on this moment in time and share their thoughts, observations, and experiences through creative writing.
Presented in partnership between ALEA (Australian Literacy Educators’ Association) and the ACTF (Australian Children’s Television Foundation), the My Place Competition is open to students in Year 3 to Year 10. Through short stories, poetry, and other creative writing forms, entrants will paint a picture of everyday Australian life in 2020.
Entries can be uploaded to the competition page between 25 May 2020 – 26 June 2020.
All writing forms will be accepted – narratives, poetry, diary entries, letters, news reports, and more – to allow students to express their personal observations and experiences. Every submission will be unique as it will reflect each student’s experiences.
Year 3 and 4 – Up to 500 words
Year 5 and 6 – Up to 750 words
Year 7 and 8 – Up to 1000 words
Year 9 and 10 – Up to 1250 words
What to write about
The 2020 My Place Competition differs from previous years, in that it asks students to reflect on life in their own communities rather than imagining life in the My Place neighbourhood. Considering the following prompts will help students create a compelling snapshot of life in 2020:
- What might people in the future want to know about this time?
- How are you feeling about this time?
- How are you spending your time at home?
- What changes are you noticing in the world around you?
- Which things have remained unchanged?
- What are the challenges and benefits of remote learning?
- Are there any positives about your current lifestyle?
- How are you staying connected to friends, family and your community?
- What are you grateful for?
- What are you most looking forward to in the future?
What to avoid writing about
Students should not include any personal information about themselves or others (such as full names, addresses, health information, and so on) that would allow someone else to identify them.
Judging and prizes