Please read and carefully consider the following details and guidelines for Front Page 2019 before submitting your school newspaper.

All entrants must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Entry is free, and is open to all Australian schools and classes.
  • All entries must be created specifically for Front Page 2019 and be suitable for displaying in a public environment.
  • Entries should consist of an eight-page, A3-sized, portrait-orientation interactive PDF (NOTE: Only four pages for the Upper Primary category). An interactive PDF can include embedded audio and video content.
  • The layout and design of the newspaper should reflect your ideas of what a school newspaper of the future could look like.
  • Avoid including any content in your entries (e.g. text, images, brand names) to which you do not hold the copyright. If you do, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified. You can contact the following organisations for more detailed information and resources:
    Australian Copyright Council for information on copyright law
    Arts Law Centre of Australia for information on laws affecting all areas of the arts
    Copyright Agency for information on literary and visual copyright
    Viscopy for information on copyright of visual images
  • All entries must be submitted online (including uploading of your school newspaper as an interactive PDF) by close of entries: Midday AEST, Friday 6 September 2019.

To enter

Entries can be submitted to one of three categories:

  • Upper Primary (Years 4–6)
  • Lower Secondary (Years 7–9)
  • Upper Secondary (Years 10–12)

Entries should be entered into the appropriate category for the oldest member of the group. While some assistance from teachers is expected – particularly in the Upper Primary category – the creative vision for the entry must be the students’ alone, and the bulk of the work must be done by the students.

Entries may only be submitted once. Schools or classes may submit multiple entries, as long as each entry differs significantly from any others submitted by that school or class (each entry must contain entirely different content and have a different layout).

Online Entry System

In order for your entry to be valid, you must submit it using the online entry system on this website, including:

  1. Completing the online entry form.
  2. Uploading a single eight-page, A3-sized, portrait-orientation, interactive PDF (four pages for Upper Primary). Your interactive PDF can include embedded audio and video content, but must be no larger than 300 MB.

If you have any questions, or are having trouble submitting your entry online, please email – we are here to help.


This year’s judges will be announced later in the year.

The judges may disqualify an entry if they have reason to believe that it does not comply with the entry Terms and Conditions, so make sure you have read them thoroughly!

Finalists and winners

Three finalist schools or classes in each of the three age-group categories will be contacted via email and announced on this website in October (date TBC). Please ensure you submit a valid email address with your entry.

The winning schools or classes in each of the three age-group categories will be contacted via email and announced at the 2019 SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, held in Melbourne on Wednesday 13 November.


Prizes for each of the three winning schools or classes include:

  • Six (6) Apple iPads (32 GB Wi-Fi models, valued at $469 each)
  • An optional tour of a newsroom (winners’ choice of either The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald offices – prize does not include transportation to/from the applicable offices)

There will also be a write-up and photo of all the winners published in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald newspapers.