HTAV Historical Fiction Competition

Take part in the HTAV 2019 Historical Fiction Competition!

Inspire your Year 5–10 students to create stories based on historical events and people. Students can write about any period of history as long as the entry has a convincing setting that is historically correct in time and place.

Competition Categories:


Entries close 5pm, Friday 2 August 2019
Winning students will each receive a cash prize of $150.00 and a certificate.


Please note: From 2018, the competition will be open only to Victorian students or students from schools that are institutional members of the History Teachers' Association of Victoria.



Sponsors

Fremantle Press


The Year 7 and 8 category is sponsored by Fremantle Press.

Fremantle Press is a not-for-profit team of publishers and creatives, passionate about telling Australian stories. Established in 1976, Fremantle Press is renowned for producing quality books – including many of Australia’s best loved books by Indigenous authors and classic works of non-fiction like A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey. Our aim is to inspire kids to learn about the past in hopes they’ll become the storytellers of the future. Find out more about Fremantle Press here.

History Council of Victoria

The Year 9 and 10 category is sponsored by the History Council of Victoria.

The History Council of Victoria is the peak body for history in Victoria. Through its activities and website, it encourages the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of history, and aims to raise the profile of history with decision-makers and the wider community. Find out more about the History Council of Victoria here.



Winning Entries

2018 Results

Left: Year 7/8 Winner Niyati Eranki, Lowther Hall AGS with Dr Deb Hull from the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. Right: Year 9/10 Winner Tessa Quinlan, Victory Lutheran College with Garrie Hutchinson from the History Council of Victoria.

Year 5/6

  • Winner: Ella MacDonald, Aspendale Primary School, Stolen
  • Runner-up: Caitlyn Fong, Oxley Christian College, Anna, Klaus and I


Year 7/8


Year 9/10 (sponsored by the History Council of Victoria)


2017 Results


Left: 7/8 category winner Hayley Kerekes from Haileybury. Right: Prize winner Chloe Landwehr from Monivae College with History Council of Victoria judges Tim Hogan and Garrie Hutchinson.


Year 5/6

  • Winner: Gracie Katharine Middleton, St Michael’s Collegiate School, 'Plot Twist'
  • Runner-up: Isabella Waters, Haileybury, 'Hopscotch'


Year 7/8


Year 9/10 (sponsored by the History Council of Victoria)


2016 Results


Left: Margaret Birtley (Executive Officer of the History Council of Victoria) and Garrie Hutchinson from the History Council of Victoria with year 9/10 winner Sam Edwards and runner up Victoria Thompson. Right: Nick Adeney from the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria with Eleanor Watson (winner of the 5/6 category) and her grandmother.

Year 5/6


Year 7/8


Year 9/10 (sponsored by the History Council of Victoria)


2015 Results


Winner of the History Council of Victoria year 9/10 category, Zainab Sayed, MacRobertson Girls’ High School, pictured with Margaret Birtley (Executive Officer of the History Council of Victoria) and Garrie Hutchinson (board member of the History Council of Victoria)

Year 5/6

  • Winner: Marion Scott, St Michael's Collegiate School, ‘East Berlin 1961
  • Runner-up: Gypsy Polacheck, St Michael's Collegiate School, ‘A World Apart


Year 7/8

  • Winner: Maisarah Noor Hasbi, The Australian International Academy, ‘Buzkashi
  • Runner-up: Tessa Harkin, St Michael's Collegiate School ‘Whispers and Closed Doors


Year 9/10 (sponsored by the History Council of Victoria)

  • Winner: Zainab Sayeda, Mac.Robertson Girls' High School ‘Torn
  • Runner-up: Rehan Maniyar, Mazenod College ‘Flashpoint

Events Calendar


Sponsors & partners

  • National History Challenge - Sponsor Logo
  • Anzac Prize
  • Education Victoria - Sponsor Logo
  • Latitude Group Travel

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