The Ethics Centre is committed to amplifying young people’s perspectives on what an ethical society looks like to them. This new, annual essay competition is an exciting chance for young writers to share their ideas with a wide, engaged audience.

We are looking for exceptional non-fiction writing on a choice of the topics below, with entries available in two age groups: 13-18 and 19-30. Entries will be judged by a panel of editors and philosophers from The Ethics Centre.

  • The winner of each age category will receive a prize pack valued at $500, comprising a $250 cash prize and a $250 Gleebooks voucher. They will also have their essay published digitally by The Ethics Centre.
  • Two runners-up in each age category will also have their essay published digitally by The Ethics Centre.
  • Essays can be up to 800 words for participants aged 13–18, and up to 1200 words for ages 19–30.
  • The deadline for entries is Wednesday 15 November, midnight AEDT. 

Entrants can choose ONE of the following essay questions: 

  • What ethical issue is being overlooked today? 
  • What do we owe future generations? 
  • What do older generations owe to young people? 
  • How will ethical views change in the next two decades? 
  • What ethical view have you changed your mind about?

The judges will be looking for originality, well-researched perspectives and well-reasoned persuasive arguments. Your voice and style should be engaging and you should be able to draw out ethical implications or issues from your chosen topic.  

Applications have now closed and winners and runners-up will be contacted before the end of 2023.

These prizes have been made possible by the generous support of Change&co, Childcare Australia United Ltd, Kirrawee Child Care Pty Ltd and Dr Penny D. Sackett.

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