The Republic Essay Competition is designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. The ARM aims to encourage future leaders to reflect on Australian civics and citizenship.

Year 10, 11 and 12 students in Australian secondary schools are invited to submit an essay on the following topic (up to 1,000 words):

"Young Australians deserve to have a say on an Australian head of state."


  • 1st place: $1000 and publication by Fairfax Media

  • 2nd place: $700

  • 3rd place: $300

Shortlisted entrants will receive an annual membership to the Australian Republic Movement.


Please send submissions as a word or PDF document by 5:00pm 31 August 2018 to

Thanks to Darlo Higher Education and a private donor for sponsoring the competition in 2018.


Competition Flyer PDF

2017 Essay Winner



How to Enter

  1. All entries must be received by 5pm, Friday 31 August, 2018

  2. One entry may be submitted per person

  3. Each entry must be submitted via email to as a word or PDF document

  4. Submissions may be up to 1000 words in length

  5. All entries must be typed and double-spaced

  6. Submission emails must list the entrant’s contact details

Conditions of Entry

  1. Entries must be original works, written entirely by the entrant, and must not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright or intellectual property rights

  2. Entries must not, either wholly or partly, have previously been published in print or online (with the exception of an entrant’s personal blog or website)

  3. The name of the entrant should not be included anywhere on the submission; it should only be entered in the submission email

  4. Entrants under 16 years of age must have permission from a parent/guardian/teacher to enter the competition

  5. All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have for the pieces they submit, but by entering The Republic Essay Competition each entrant consents to the use of his/her name and entry being used in promotional activities carried out by the ARM without further notice or compensation

  6. The ARM can publish or decline to publish any submitted entries at the ARM's sole discretion.

  7. The ARM retains the right to change the prize of the competition if circumstances make this necessary

  8. The ARM reserves the right not to consider a submission if any conditions of entry are not fulfilled

Consideration of Submissions

  1. The ARM Executive judging panel's decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process

  2. Only shortlisted entrants will receive feedback on entries