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The JJ and Lydia Eden prize

The Eden prize is funded by the 1956 John Joseph Eden bequest. The prize embraces the notion of making the world a better and happier place.

2019 competition

Students are asked to create a persuasive text of no more than 800 words that answers the question:

"Does knowing the past make the present a happier and better place?"


The prize is open to all year 10 students in public schools who want the opportunity to share their ideas about the world in which they live.

A maximum of 3 entries can be submitted by each school. Schools are encouraged to conduct their own Eden prize competition to determine the entries for the 2018 Eden prize judging panel.

Submitting the entry

If you are a student you should contact your teacher about applying. For more information, download the:

Entries must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 6 September 2019 to:

Malcolm McInerney
2019 Eden Prize
Learning Improvement division
Department for Education
8 Milner Street 
Hindmarsh SA 5007

The Eden prize and the Australian Curriculum

Schools are encouraged to have their Year 10 students participate in the Eden Prize because of its connection with essential elements of the Australian Curriculum, including:

  • Humanities and social sciences: History, geography, civics and citizenship, economics and business.
  • English – Literacy strand: Creating texts including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues.
  • Sustainability: The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future.
  • Civics and citizenship – Contribute to civil society: Plan, implement and evaluate ways of contributing to civil society at local, national, regional and global levels.

2018 winners

This 2018 essay question was inspired by the recent publicity regarding the impact of social media on society.

Students were asked to respond to the question:

"How can social media make the world a better and happier place to live?"

  • First prize $1250: Cindy Bennetts from Mount Compass Area School.
  • Second prize $750: Charlotte Bennett from Golden Grove High School.
  • Third prize $500: Asha Gulliver from Marryatville High School.


Eden prize

Email: malcolm.mcinerney [at] sa.gov.au