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The ABC’s Heywire competition gives students in Years 10, 11, 12, and in tertiary courses,* from rural and regional Australia a chance to ‘tell it like it is’ on the ABC and in Canberra. All they have to do is submit a story to the Heywire website about life in their neck of the woods, or an issue in their community. Stories can be in text, audio, photo or video formats.

Their teaching notes can help you put ABC Heywire in to your curriculum.

Students can enter stories they have already produced in class, or educators can download our teaching notes (developed in partnership with ATOM and VATE) to incorporate Heywire into their curriculum:

The autobiographical storytelling at the heart of Heywire is ideally suited to units such as: identity, belonging, journeys, place, or personal narratives.

Entries close Monday 16 September 2013. Find more information and upload stories at

The ABC selects approximately forty winning stories from around Australia to be produced with the help of
ABC staff and played on ABC Radio, ABC TV or! Winners also score an all-expenses-paid trip to
the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra in February where they stay at the Australian Institute of
Sport and build their leadership and communication skills. There’s even a reception at Parliament House!

To get an idea of what makes a great Heywire story, check out last year’s winning entries:

Don’t hesitate to contact ABC Heywire for more information: phone 1800 26 26 46 or email