National Year of Reading 2012

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Congratulations to Rebecca Raisin for winning the People's Choice award for her story By teaching Thomas.

This moving account of a single mother teaching her father to read under the guise of teaching her son won the hearts of an overwhelming number of voters in the Adult Learners' Week short story competition.

The National Year of Reading 2012

We had a fantastic opportunity for Australian writers - published, unpublished, student and mature age - to be part of an initiative that not only supports the National Year of Reading 2012, but also has the potential to improve the skills of the 46% of Australians who struggle with literacy1.

It's never too late... to learn to read

The National Year of Reading 2012, in partnership with the Tasmanian Writers Centre was given a grant by the Department of Industry, Innovation Science, Research and Tertiary Education, to run a writing competition as part of Adult Learners' Week 2012 (ALW).

""It's never too late ... to learn to read" was a short story competition for unpublished, new, emerging and established Australian writers which closed on the 6 August. Our aim was for the creation of exciting, inspiring and challenging stories to support and encourage adult learning, and to highlight the fact that "It's never too late ... to learn to read".

Adult Learners' Week

DEEWR explains: "The Adult Learners' Week is an international event embodied in the 1997 Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning to which Australia is a signatory. Internationally, ALW celebrates the value and diversity of life long learning. In Australia, the main focus of ALW has been to recognise achievements and raise awareness of adult education and promote activities to encourage participation in further learning."

People's choice

We announced the winners of the writing competition on the 25 August, and now it's your turn to be part of this wonderful initiative. Judges have chosen 14 winners, 8 published and 6 unpublished from an amazing number of entries. Now we want you to choose the best from the 14 winners.

1According to the 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, nearly half of all Australians (46%) don't have the literacy skills they need to cope with the complex demands of everyday life and work in the emerging knowledge-based economy. Link

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