Individual Research Essay

This format MUST be an individual (one participant) entry

The essay must:

  • Be completed by an individual only.
  • Be submitted online with the entry
  • Include a 50 word descriptor which summarises your topic and its relationship to the theme

Up to Year 4
LENGTH up to 400 words (using computer word count), not including the bibliography or 50 word descriptor. A bibliography must be included.

Years 5 to 6
LENGTH 400 to 800 words (using the computer word count), not including the bibliography or 50 word descriptor. A bibliography must be included.

Years 7 to 8
LENGTH 800 to 1,000 words (using the computer word count), not including the bibliography or 50 word descriptor.

Appropriate referencing must be included as well as a bibliography including three (3) annotations.

Years 9 to 12
LENGTH 1000 to 2000 words (using the computer word count), not including the bibliography or 50 word descriptor.

Appropriate referencing must be included as well as a bibliography including three (3) annotations.

Note: The total word count includes quotations but not footnotes.

Essay Checklist
Year Level Word Limit Referencing Bibliography*
1-4 400 No Not annotated
5-6 800 No Not annotated
7 1,000 Yes Annotated
8 1,000 Yes Annotated
9 2,000 Yes Annotated
10 2,000 Yes Annotated
11-12 2,000 Yes Annotated

Annotated bibliographies should include three (3) annotated sources, these should be the most significant sources for the entry, other sources need not be annotated.