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Calling all bloggers...

Are you a blogger? Ever wanted to be one? Are you passionate about human rights? Fancy having your words seen by tens of thousands of people on Amnesty International Australia’s website and Facebook page? Well, now is your chance.

key dates

Entries open: Now!

Entries close: Midnight 1 November

Winners announced: 2 December

Winning blogs published throughout December!

We’re launching our very first blogging competition.

How does it work?

The human rights blogosphere is an inspiring place. To be part of it, all you need to do is write a blog with a human rights theme. You don’t have to be an expert – just put pen to paper (or, fingers to keyboard) and send us your finished work of no more than 600 words.

Your blog post could be:

  • a topical piece
  • a recount of your personal experience with a human rights issue
  • something fun, like '10 Commandments' for a human rights issue or 'Top ten moments in human rights history'
  • anything at all really – use your imagination!

We'll pick our two favourite blog posts based on the judging criteria below. The winning posts will be published on our website and promoted via our official social media channels.

How to enter

There is no fee to enter the competition, but entries are limited to one per person. (Note: Only entries in English will be accepted).

If you already have a blog, publish your blog post and tweet the link to @AmnestyOz (if we like it, we’ll re-tweet it on Blog Action Day – 16 October 2013).

If you’re new to blogging, no problem! Just email your unpublished post to with the subject line ‘My Human Rights Blog’.


Tweet or email us your entry no later than midnight Friday 1 November 2013.

Winners will be announced on Monday 2 December 2013 and the winning blog posts will be published on our website in December.

Meet the judges

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Jessie Mawson
Online Communities Coordinator

Katie Young
Online Editor

Ming Yu
Campaign Coordinator

Lachlan Dale
Online Projects Advisor

Judging criteria

Here are some things we’re hoping to see:

  • an ability explain a complex issues in simple terms using a conversational tone
  • pieces that are timely and engaging
  • educative pieces that would teach people something new
  • inspiring pieces that would encourage people to take action
  • great writing using your unique voice
  • anecdotes and personal stories – not straight-up news
  • adherence to the world limit (pieces over 600 words will not be considered).

Need some tips? Just read our tips for writing a great blog post.

How to write a great blog

Ask yourself the following questions.

Will the subject matter resonate with people?

Do I have an interesting take or angle on this?

Have I hit the right tone? Is it authentic, personal, succinct, punchy and engaging?

Does the blog inform, inspire, entertain or make someone’s life better?


1. Don’t be afraid to share your own opinion, stories and experiences – this is what sets great bloggers apart.

2. Before you submit your post, read through it again, and remove anything that doesn’t add value.

3. Pay close attention to the title of your post – you want to grab your reader’s attention with the title.

4. Write with passion.

5. Provide a call to action at the end of your post. For example, ask them to comment, share the post or apply a lesson.

Formatting and layout

1. Make your posts scannable – people don’t read every word on the page. Format your post so that your main points stand out.

2. Use subheadings to break up your content and keep paragraphs and sentences short.

3. Try not to overuse bold, italic, underline or capitalisation.

4. Use images, videos or graphics to give your post visual appeal. But remember, it’s your responsibility to ensure you have permission to use any imagery or video from a third party. For free images, search Creative Commons.

5. Where relevant, include hyperlinks that will support what you’re saying and improve a reader’s understanding.

Terms and conditions

Who may enter and how to win

Entry into the Amnesty International Australia Blogging Competition 2013 is subject to the acceptance of these terms and conditions.

  1. All entries must be received between 12:00am AEST on Friday 27 September and 11.59pm AEST on Friday 1 November 2013. Entries received after this closing date will not be accepted. Amnesty International Australia reserves the right to change the closing date where the entries are of insufficient quality. No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical other reason.
  2. Tweets to @AmnestyOz must link to a specific blog post entry for this blogging competition. Selected blogs may be tweeted on the Amnesty Oz Twitter account on Blog Action Day on 16 October 2013.
  3. The Amnesty International Australia Blogging Competition 2013 is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter.
  4. The Amnesty International Australia Blogging Competition 2013 is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  5. There is no age restriction. The judges will pick one blog winner representing people aged under 18 and one blog winner representing people aged 18 and over.
  6. Entrants must only submit blog posts that are their own original work. Any evidence of plagiarism may result in the entrant being removed from the competition. Only one entry per person can be accepted.
  7. Winners will be selected according to the judging criteria by a panel of experts from Amnesty International Australia. Amnesty International Australia is not obliged to publish any entry.
  8. The publishing of the winning entries does not constitute any form of employment by Amnesty International Australia to the winners. Winners will not be paid.
  9. Once an entry is submitted to the competition, Amnesty International Australia will have the right to use it in connection with the competition, including the right to copy, edit, display, publish and make it available in any format.
  10. Amnesty International Australia reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside their control.
  11. Amnesty International Australia reserves the right at any time to change these terms and conditions.
  12. Amnesty International Australia reserves the right to verify the validity of all entries and reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at our sole discretion.
  13. Winners will be announced on Monday 2 December 2013 and winners names will be published with the winners' consent.
  14. All personal data will be collected and stored in accordance with Amnesty International Australia's Privacy Policy.

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