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UNIVERSE'19 - brand new national competition

TAG, in partnership with Crikey Media are proud to launch the first ever edition of UniVerse, the National Campus Writing Competition to the students of Australia, and New Zealand.

In its first iteration, the competition is one category only, “NON-FICTION” and we invite current students from eligible campuses* to submit.

The competition is designed to offer tertiary students a platform to have their work seen by a panel of industry professionals and to have the opportunity to win industry-relevant prizes and experiences. As such Crikey have come to the party by offering access to their network of journalists to assist with judging and mentoring of entrants as well as contributing and funding a large oprtion of the prize pool. 

To be eligible, submissions must:

  • be entered via the Online Portal between 11th June and 29th August, 2019
  • address the designated theme
  • be 1000 words or less (a maximum of 3 submissions permitted per student)

Check out the key details below, and make sure you are following and sharing the UniVerse FACEBOOK account for updates are entrant features.

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  • Submissions are Open between 11th June and 29th August
  • People's Choice Voting occurs between 9th September and 22nd September
  • Winner will be announced on 23rd September

THEME: 'The Student Experience’
No two experiences are the same when completing your tertiary studies, but someone can always relate - capture the essence of the student experience in a non-fiction piece.

Submissions are judged by a panel of industry professionals, who select a shortlist, and ultimately the category winner. The shortlisted finalists will have the opportunity to be exhibited at tertiary campuses across Australia in the following calendar year.

Non-Fiction winner receives

  • a one-week paid Internship with Crikey Media in either Sydney or Melbourne
  • publication of the winning piece, via Crikey Media if appropriate
  • $500 worth of cash and vouchers

People's Choice winner receives

  • ‚Äč$500 worth of cash and vouchers


For enquiries, promotional assets and further info:
April Alexander
Tertiary Access Group (TAG)
E: [email protected]


* eligible campuses are those who have paid their 2019 TAG Annual Service Fee