How to Enter


For Year 3 to Year 6 School Students.


Closing date for Entries is Friday 27th March 2020
We are unable to extend the closing date for entries


Entries will be collected from each School during week ending Friday 3rd April 2020

The Australia My Country (AMC) Competition is sponsored annually by the Forestville RSL sub-Branch and is designed to enhance the sense of pride and patriotism of participants by commemorating, through writing and art, Australia’s proud military heritage.  The Competition is open to Year 3 to 6 students of the Primary schools located within our defined geographic area and is run in conjunction with the principals and teachers of those participating schools.



The topic for 2020 is “They had no Choice – Animals in Australia’s Conflicts”.


The topic has been selected to highlight the important but little recognised role animals have played in Australia’s conflicts since Federation in 1901. This role was finally recognised by the Australian Government in 2019 with the declaration that 24 February would be commemorated annually as War Animals Day, the symbol for which would be a purple poppy.


Conditions and Guidelines:


  1. Students can choose between written work (composition or poetry) or art works.
  2. Essays and compositions should not include more than one illustration, and must be written on one side only with a maximum of two A4 size sheets of paper using font 12.
  3. Art works should be no larger than A3 size or 30.5cm x 40.7cm (12in x 16in) canvas. We regret photographs, models and dioramas cannot be accepted.
  4. The entrant’s Teacher and Parent/Guardian must certify that the work submitted is largely the unaided work of the entrant. PLEASE ENSURE WE CAN READ THE REQUIRED INFORMATION.
  5. Entries are to be the work of one student as no joint effort can be accepted and only one entry per student per section is permitted.
  6. ENTRY FORM (Click to download the Entry Form)
  7. a. WRITTEN WORK must be stapled to the FRONT of each entry.
    b. ART WORK must be attached (preferably glued) to the BACK of each entry.
  8. Entries become the property of the RSL and may be published in print and/or electronically.
  9. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

There are six sections covering school years 3 to 6:


SectionCategoryGuide LinesSchool Years
1Written CompositionMaximum of 2 x A4 pages. Font size 123 & 4
2Written CompositionMaximum of 2 x A4 pages. Font size 123 & 4
3PoetryMaximum of 2 x A4 pages. Font size 123 & 4
4PoetryMaximum of 2 x A4 pages. Font size 125 & 6
5ART - Traditional & ContemporaryMaximum size 1 x A3 page
30.5cm x 40.7cm
(12in x 16in) canvas
3 & 4
6ART - Traditional & ContemporaryMaximum size 1 x A3 page
30.5cm x 40.7cm
(12in x 16in) canvas
5 & 6




Certificates & Prizes will be awarded to the first three entries in each section.

All other entrants will receive a certificate of appreciation.



Prize monies awarded by Forestville RSL sub-Branch to each section will be:

1st Place – $100

2nd Place – $75.00

3rd Place – $50.00