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Social media activities are likely to form an important part of young people's identity.
I’d whisper in the darkness of my bedroom, ‘I’m bisexual’. Driving alone in my car on the way to work, I would repeat the words like a mantra.
According to the OECD, 40 to 50 per cent of adults in Australia have literacy levels below the international standard required for participation in work,...
I'm afraid, not of disease or of death but of not looking into my mother's eyes again, seeing her smile or smelling her hair as we embrace. I'm afraid of not...
As lockdown isolation continues to keep many separated from loved ones, there's never been a better time to make new friends, writes Dilvin Yasa.
After years of trying to find a home for her story, Jackie Bailey's debut manuscript 'The Eulogy' has been acquired by Hardie Grant Books.
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Emerging Writers' Competition

SBS Emerging Writers' Competition

Entries for the SBS Emerging Writers' Competition are now closed. See you in 2022 for next year's competition. 


SBS is proud to announce the release of 'Roots: Home is Who We Are' in partnership with publisher Hardie Grant.
Thinking of entering the SBS Emerging Writers' Competition? Consider this your cheat sheet.
"It's a lifelong job, but we're all experts on the human heart. That's the point of our lives - to understand and be understood."
This year, Behrouz Boochani is judging the SBS Emerging Writers' Competition alongside his friend, Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch.
SBS Voices and Hardie Grant are giving you the chance to win one of 25 copies of the book Roots - Home is Who We Are: Voices from the SBS Emerging Writers’...

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Here's everything you need to know about the 2021 SBS Emerging Writers' Competition
Read the Terms and Conditions for SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition here.

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