Respect Stories

Winners announced

Thank you to everyone who entered, we received many great entries making it a challenging task for our competition judges—Maggie Dent, author, parenting and resilience educator and Jo Stanley, broadcaster, performer and entrepreneur.

The winners of the national Respect Stories competition have been announced, and the winning entries published in the Respect Stories book.

See the announcement from Assistant Minister Justine Elliot

The illustrative winners

Lane, 14 years, NSW – Yindyamarra
Olivia, 12 years, Tas – Respect

The stories winners

Ava, 11 years, ACT – The War Witch
Elise, 12 years, WA – What is Respect?
Emma, 14 years, SA – Respecting Race—For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas, We’ve Boundless Plains to Share
Florence, 10 years, SA – Deepest Respect
Henry, 10 years, Qld – What Respect means to me
Patrick, 10 years, NSW – Priority access—newly appointed ground force agents. Message status: urgent
Rebecca, 12 years, NSW – How to be Respectful
Kha, 11 years old, Vic – Respect

The Respect Stories Book

Share the book with the young people in your life and talk about what respect means to them. Every little talk you have shapes them. Bringing up respect, grows respect.


About the competition

All students aged 10-14 years old were invited to share what respect means to them by entering a short story, poem or essay up to 1,000 words, or an illustration.

This was an opportunity for students to reflect on and share their understanding of respect—while also encouraging parents and teachers to have open, ongoing and proactive conversations about this important issue.

Eight written and two illustrative winning entries were selected and their entries have been published in the Respect Stories book.

Terms and conditions

Find out more about the competition rules, prizes and a list of frequently asked questions.