Harmony Day Stories, Awards & Opportunities


 ‘Many Stories – One Australia’

Harmony Day 2013

Register events, resources for school , Harmony Day Apps

RED Cross initiatives

Y Challenge – Celebrating Diversity

  • Y Challenge supports  young people between 8 and 17 years
  • based in teamwork
  • driven by young people
  • delivering what a community wants.
  •  depends on the Y Challenge team and the community it interacts with.
  • Samples of last years winners

SBS Initiative

Day and this year’s theme: Many stories—One Australia, SBS are giving
all Australians the opportunity to share their story.

Create a video, take a photo or share your written personal journey. Everyone
has a story to tell, so share yours today!

  • There are two
    fantastic prize packs up for grabs:
  • First prize: A Canon EOS 110D SLR Camera Twin Lens Kit
    complete with memory card, tripod and case plus SBS’ A Day in the Life
    photographic book.
  • Second prize: An Apple iPad 4 with Retina Display 32GB WiFi
    + Cellular plus SBS’ A Day in the Life photographic book.

For more information,
visit www.sbs.com.au/harmonystories

Writing Competition


SONY Young Movellist of the Year

For writers aged between 13 – 19th years

“Are you the next J.K. Rowling, Michael Morpurgo or Malorie Blackman? Is there half a novel hidden in your desk or in a computer folder that could be the next Hunger Games? Or maybe you have an idea and just needed that little bit of inspiration to get writing…” from the website.http://www.movellas.com/competition/show/201302121559428767/young-movellist-of-the-year

 The Reading Agency is offering support for writers.

You could be the Sony Young Movellist of the Year!

This is a UK based competition with one international award.

The prizes:

1) The overall winner will be offered the opportunity to sign a publishing contract with Random House, including a £2,000 advance! They will also receive a Sony Reader.

2) The two runners-up will receive  Malorie Blackman’s entire teen backlist, published by Random House, and a Sony Reader.

3) The overall winner and the two runners-up will be invited to afternoon tea with Malorie Blackman, and will be able to bring a parent, guardian or friend each.

4) An international winner (selected by the Movellas team) will receive Malorie Blackman’s entire teen backlist, published by Random House, and a Sony Reader. Two runners-up will also receive Malorie’s backlist.

5) One winner (selected by the Reading Agency and Movellas community) who ONLY submitted the first three chapters of a novel (i.e. did not follow up with a full length novel – but why would you do that!?) will receive a mentoring session with a professional writer.

Here are the full terms and conditions 

For Word Nerds


If you want to know what sic means or want to impress with some foreign phrases Daily Writing Tips is for you. This site is plump with resources for the inner wordsmith, reader and writer. Topics include :

  • writing basics
  • freelance writing
  • misused words
  • 100 small but expressive interjections  – blah blah blah
  • creative writing
  • 25 pieces of writing software you should know about
  • Latin words and expressions
  • writing competitions
  • the daily word
  • much, much more…….

Welcome Back : 2013, spreading the word in social media


image from Social Media World

It seems that most people have had a great break. There’s some good energy flying as we are all catching up with each other. Your summer has been filled with narratives – fantastic, social, visual, personal, written, read, virtual and more. We can share many of these experiences together. No doubt many of us have shared our world via social media.

Some of the stories this season have been challenging and emotional as we are all aware of fires and floods that are still affecting us, with loss of life and property. It was a true inspiration to me to see how social media has connected people to each other – particularly the Facebook page ‘Tasmanian Fires – we can help’.  Many stories streamed in and real practical help was organised to reach people on the Tasman Peninsula – building community and new relationships.

Read 3 PR Lessons about the Tasmanian Bushfires at Dunalley – fleshing out how stories connect us, how we want to help and how social media spreads news ‘like wildfire’.  Mashable has another good article about social media and natural disasters, and the site may be a good bookmark for some people.

Many of us posted photographs on the ABC website, and on Facebook, Tumblr etc. We respond in a very human way to these visual images – each telling a story too. 

As a consequence of all this communication people did get help and support in so many ways, and that support continues, so it has been an inspirational summer.