Dumbo Feather’s high school student storytelling competition, New Conversations, is now open!

To enter, Australian students in years 7-10 must interview someone who inspires them. Students can then tell their story in four ways: a 300-word summary of the interview, a cartoon strip, a video or written conversation in the form of a Dumbo Feather interview.

The competition aims to connect students to the power of storytelling, help develop their communication skills and place emotional value on face-to-face conversation.

This year we’ve partnered with the award winning education organisation Cool Australia to create an extensive Australian Curriculum-aligned toolkit for teachers that has free lesson plans, digital worksheets and a host of other resources to support New Conversations in the classroom.

Students and teachers will have the chance to WIN an iPad, a 1-year subscription to Dumbo Feather, cash prizes and be published in the Dumbo Feather magazine and website.

You can see last year’s winning entry from Shelley Jones here!

You can access our exclusive curriculum toolkit here.

Enter the competition below. Entries close September 30.



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I agree that I am submitting this entry on behalf of the student nominated and I would like to release this students entry for viewing. I certify that it is the original work of the nominated student. If featured, I give permission for Cool Australia and Dumbo Feather to release this piece for website/print viewing including the students name and age.