RULES & GUIDELINES
Please read and carefully consider the following details and guidelines for Front Page 2021 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 2021 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 to which you do not hold the copyright (e.g. text, images, brand names). 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 image copyright
- All entries must be submitted online (including uploading of your school newspaper as an interactive PDF) by close of entries: midday AEST, Friday 27 August 2021.
Entries must be submitted to one of three categories:
- Upper Primary (Years 4–6)
- Lower Secondary (Years 7–9)
- Upper Secondary (Years 10–12)
Entries must 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:
- Completing the online entry form.
- Uploading a single eight-page, A3-sized, portrait-orientation, interactive PDF (four pages for the Upper Primary category). 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 [email protected] – we are here to help.
This year’s judges will be announced later in the year. (The 2020 judges can be viewed here.)
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
Four finalist schools or classes in each of the three age-group categories will be contacted via email and announced on this website later this year. 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 2021 ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, held in Melbourne on Wednesday 10 November.
Prizes for each of the three winning schools or classes include:
- Five (5) Apple iPads (32 GB Wi-Fi models, valued at $499 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)
Plus a write-up and photo of all the winners published in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald newspapers.