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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.

2018 competition

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

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


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 8 September 2018 to:

Malcolm McInerney
2018 Eden Prize
Learning Improvement division
Department for Education
31 Flinders Street 

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.

2017 winners

This 2017 essay question was inspired by the introduction of The Arts

Students were asked to respond to the question:

‘What can the Arts do to make the world a better and happier place?

  • First prize $1250: Charlotte Avina from Mintabie Area School.
  • Second prize $750: Charlie Arthur from Brighton Secondary School.
  • Third prize $500: Lauryn Rogers from Oakbank Area School.


Eden prize

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