16 October 2017

Writing Competition for Secondary Schools

Students are invited to make a difference in the lives of young West Australians, who currently wait too long for life-saving organ transplants. By participating in this inaugural Writing for Life micro fiction competition, students will compete for a $2000 prize pool provided by Donor Mate, our sponsors and partners in promoting organ and tissue donation. And, importantly, students will promote an important social justice issue along the way.

DonateLife Western Australia is the government authority which coordinates all organ and tissue donation in the State. At any time, some 1500-1700 Australians wait for a second chance at life. Many will have their lives transformed by the precious gift of organ donation.

Writing for Life: Micro Fiction Young Writers Competition asks students to think critically and to write creatively. What if their words had the power to save lives?

The Writing for Life competition opens on Monday 18 July, and closes onMonday 29 August.

Prizes will include electronic equipment, plus prizes for runners up (eg. e-readers, book and i-tune vouchers), thanks to Donor Mate. Winning entries will be published online, and in school newsletters, as well as placed in local media outlets. Winners will be announced in September.

Students can access background material by exploring the DonateLife website (http://www.donatelife.gov.au). In the 'For the Community' section there is information about organ and tissue donation processes; the Book of Life stories (written by recipients and donor families), short animations and videos.

Please download your entry forms etc at http://www.donatelife.gov.au/writing-life/wa.

Dr Jeanette Weeda

English Teacher