Each year young people between the ages and 16 and 22 are encouraged to showcase life outside the larger metropolitan areas.

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of Heywire and some changes were made to the way in which young people can participate in the program.

Stories will now be accepted in all forms of media- text, photos, film and audio – about life in Australia, with one winner selected from each of ABC’s regional radio broadcast locations across the country.

Bruce Ives, the online producer for Heywire says the changes give the Heywire competition a real facelift.

” Successful stories will be presented on the ABC through ABC TV, ABC Radio, triple j, abc.net.au or the Heywire zine,”
he said.

” Winners also attend the Youth Issues Forum in Canberra in February next year, where they’ll participate in a leadership skills program, have an opportunity to meet their Federal Government representatives at Parliament House and gain skills in working with the media.”

Information and entry forms are now available at: abc.net.au/heywire – the heart of the competition where people can create their own personal profiles and upload their video, audio, text and photo entries live to the site.

In this report: Bryce Ives, Heywire online producer