The 2018 Republic Essay Competition

The Republic Essay Competition is designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It 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. Discuss."


  • 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

Competition Terms and Conditions

2017 Essay Winner