Who Inspires You? We want to know.

New Conversations is a creative writing competition for high school students to interview an individual who inspires them. For us, it is important to share our passion for storytelling and use Dumbo Feather to encourage young people to seek out and examine who and what inspires them.

The aim behind New Conversations is to encourage young people to live with passion and purpose.

For more in depth information on the parameters and the judging criteria for the competition please click here to view the Teachers Brief.

If your school is interested in participating in New Conversations, please click here to download the Schools Application Form, Student permission slip and also the interviewee permission slip.


The Task
Have a conversation with them, listen to them and tell their unique story. Present it like a Dumbo Feather conversation, include an introduction and photographs of your subject. That’s it!


The Prize
The top 20 students will be invited to Dumbo Feather headquarters for a day workshop, receive a subscription to the magazine and will be mentioned in our print edition also.


The Judges
We are super excited to announce our judges for New Conversations. Berry Liberman, Publisher and Editor of Dumbo Feather, Myke Bartlett, a journalist and writer who works closely with Dumbo Feather and also Paul Jennings, one of Australia’s best known authors and also a Dumbo Feather interviewee!


Key Dates
Third term – August 1st: Entries open
Mid September (end of third term): Entries close
September: Shortlist announced
October: Judging & successful entries notified
November: Dumbo Feather workshop and awards ceremony
December/January: Successful conversation is published


Assets for teachers
For more on logistics and particulars of the competition please download the Teachers Brief.


Assets for students
We’ve created a Style Guide and Writers Bible that will help students with formatting and putting together their conversations.

Need an example? Take a look at this interview that was put together by Titian Linley – who is 16 years-old and did work experience with us recently!

For handy hints and tips that will help students with interviewing, writing and editing, watch the videos below with with Myke Bartlett, Sofija Stefanovic (writers for Dumbo Feather) and Livia Albeck-Ripka (Deputy Editor of Dumbo Feather).




Please contact Madeline for all your questions and queries, magazine purchases (of course we’ll give you a special rate for your school!) and also if you would like someone to come out to your school to talk about the competition! – madeline@dumbofeather.com or (03) 8534 8534