Deaf Australia Inc

Dot Shaw Young Writers Competition

Deaf Australia is pleased to announce that Dorothy Shaw Young Writers Competition (DSYWC) for young Deaf and hard of hearing people will be run again this year.


Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Sep 14, 2022




Writing and Publishing

The competition is in memory of Dorothy Evelyn Shaw, whose advocacy for deaf children to have equitable access to learning literacy is legendary.

She is a source of inspiration for many and contributed significantly to the Deaf Community, not least her final request that donations be made in lieu of flowers to Deaf Resources Australia (DRA). DRA decided to establish this writing competition as a tribute to her memory.

Since its inception in 1992, the response to this competition has been very popular.

All entrants are issued with a certificate of recognition and winners receive cash prizes.

The theme for 2022 is “Superheroes” – entrants should try to include Auslan and/or Deaf characters in their superheroes story.

Eligibility: Deaf or Hard of Hearing students (Prep to Year 12) who lives in Australia.

Competition Categories

  • Primary (Prep – Year 2)
  • Upper Primary (Year 3 – Year 6)
  • Secondary (Year 7 – Year 9)
  • Upper Secondary (Year 10 – Year 12)


There are Deaf superheroes such as:

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Echo (aka Maya Lopez) from Daredevil comics
  • Makkari from Eternals
  • The Flying Fingers Club by Jean F. Andrews
  • The Invisible Hero by Elizabeth Fensham

The entry for the competition will open from 1st August 2022 and the closing date will be on 14th September 2022.

For more information, visit Deaf Australia Inc