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Thank you for your enties to the 2019 My Place Competition, a national short story contest for primary students in Years 3–6. We’re looking forward to reading your students' stories as they imagine a 2019 My Place character, and share their thoughts of what their life would be like under the fig tree.

The much-loved series My Place was produced by Matchbox Pictures and aired on ABC TV. It adapts the book of the same name, written by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, into 26 episodes about 26 children who live in the same place. Spanning a period of over 200 years, the two series represent these children’s lives from prior to white settlement until the Prime Minister’s apology to Indigenous peoples in 2008. 

In line with the book and series format, entrants have been asked to tell the fictional story of a child living in the My Place neighbourhood in 2019. The winning entry will be published on the ACTF and My Place For Teachers websites.  

Key dates:

Entries are now closed for this year's competition. Thank you for your submissions! 

Categories:

  • Years 3 and 4 – Entries of up to 500 words.
  • Years 5 and 6 – Entries of up to 1000 words.

My Place for Teachers:

Teachers can introduce or revisit the series through the free My Place for Teachers website, which was recently updated with high resolution clips from all 26 episodes. Clips on the site can be streamed or downloaded, and now play on all devices. My Place DVDs, books and big books are also available to purchase through the ACTF Shop.

Requirements:

Narratives in this short story contest should include:

  • The character’s name, background and their family life
  • Clothing and toys the character would have
  • Reference to the fig tree that appears throughout the series.

Including the following optional elements may help students replicate the My Place structure more closely, and build a compelling snapshot of life in 2019:

  • Current social, political or environmental issues
  • Education and lifestyle.

Prizes:

Years 3 and 4

  • 1st place: $75 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student and their teacher, plus a Walker Books prize pack for the winning student.

  • 2nd place: $50 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student and their teacher, plus a Walker Books prize pack for the winning student.

  • 3rd place: $25 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student and their teacher, plus a Walker Books prize pack for the winning student.

Years 5 and 6

  • 1st place: $75 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student and their teacher, plus a Walker Books prize pack for the winning student.

  • 2nd place: $50 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student and their teacher, plus a Walker Books prize pack for the winning student.

  • 3rd place: $25 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student and their teacher, plus a Walker Books prize pack for the winning student.

Stay tuned to the Education eNews for the winners announcement!

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Further reading:

Read 2018's Winning Entries

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