Healesville and Upper Yarra Greens essay contest


Humans are destroying all life on our planet: we are in the 6th extinction event. Australia is among the worst in this ultimate of crimes. Also, both major parties have been violating international law in their treatment of asylum seekers, there is a constant stream of corruption in government—politics is a mess.

Australia is currently ruled by the COALition, which is serving its masters, big business, by galloping toward extinction. Since the advent of Bob Hawke, Labor has been Liberal Lite, and it has become even more so since the 2019 electoral disaster. The Greens is the only Federal opposition.

Everything the Australian Greens do is based on the Four Pillars:
Ecological sustainability;
Grassroots participatory democracy;
Social justice;
Peace and nonviolence.

The Greens do not accept big donations, so cannot be bought. We place working for a survivable, sustainable society at the top of the agenda, while working for fairness, decency and compassion for all, as these Four Pillars imply.

This is why the Healesville and Upper Yarra Greens have chosen “The Four Pillars of the Greens” as the topic for our essay contest.

Choose an issue you are passionate about. This could be the Great Barrier Reef, or the logging of forests devastated by bushfires, or business’s shameful treatment of Aboriginal heritage, or the deliberate torture of asylum seekers, or homelessness… There are all too many ways Australia needs to change. Then write your essay, clearly tying it to one or more of the Four Pillars.

Entry fee: $20 to be paid at this webpage.

Who may enter: any person anywhere in Australia.

Criteria: These are the criteria the judges will use.

Prizes are on a sliding scale. $5 from each entry is set aside to form a prize pool. 50% of the pool is the first prize; 30% second prize; 20% third prize.

There will be an independent audit of the number of entry fees paid to the Healesville and Upper Yarra branch of Victorian Greens by the Victorian Greens finance team.

Deadline: Saturday, 1 May 2021

Word count: a maximum of 2000 words

Format: a Word-compatible file
That is .doc, .docx or .rtf
Entries must be in English.
A serif font such as Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced. Each paragraph should have a first-line indent.
The author’s name should not appear within the essay, but only on the covering email.
The essay should not have been published anywhere, but may have appeared on the author’s personal blog.


Dr Bob Rich
Bob is the author of 18 books to date. Five of them, and dozens of short stories, are award winners. He is a Professional Grandfather. Everything he does is working for a survivable future, and one worth surviving in. He has 21 years of experience in judging writing contests.

Emeritus Professor Florence Weinberg
Florence has a distinguished record of research and teaching in languages. She is the author of 12 books that have won 11 awards.

Yvonne Rowan
Yvonne runs an independent publishing company of quality books and materials for education and just for fun. You can read about her on her Amazon author page.

Copyright stays with the author. The contest organisers retain the right to display the three best entries here at Bobbing Around and encourage high quality entries to be published at venues such as Green Magazine.

Method of submission

After paying the entry fee, please email receipt for the payment plus the essay, attached to an email to secretary.healesvillebranch@vic.greens.org.au.

In the body of the covering email, please state your name, postal address and telephone number. These details must not be within the essay.

Announcement of results

All entrants will be notified of the results by email, by 1 July, 2021. The three prize winning essays will be displayed at Bobbing Around.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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