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You're the Voice: Have your say (and get paid for it, too)

Jul 22,2014
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Love writing? Want to be a part of Inside a Dog? Applications for You’re the Voice contributors are now open!

So, what is You’re the Voice?

You’re the Voice is your opportunity to have your say about the world of books. To write about what you read, what you love, and what you want. It’s a weekly blog post published right here on the Inside a Dog website, which is all about books for teens.

So far there’s been Voices from the Northern Territory through to Tasmania, and they’ve blogged about everything from being in a relationship with books and how to match-make other people with a good book, to the importance of people-watching, and the decline of the bookshop.

'Thank you so much for taking the time to read and edit the blub of words I send you every week! I really liked being one of your Voices and I can't wait to read what the next Voices get up to :D – Margaret

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'Thank you so much for this opportunity. I have enjoyed every second of it. It has made me think a lot and as I walk around I try to find inspiration everywhere I go. I have even started keeping a writing journal where I sketch ideas I thought I could do for my writing pieces.' – Rhianna Ricks

The Details:

Voices write a weekly blog post (300-600 words), for the duration of a month - that’s 4 or 5 posts in total. The posts can be on any topic you choose, but should be connected in some way to reading or writing. As well as having your writing published and paid for, contributors also become a part of the Inside a Dog community - interacting with commenters and receiving editorial support from the Inside a Dog team (aka Inky’s minions).

What You Get:

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  • Payment of $100;
  • A certificate of appreciation;
  • Bragging rights;
  • On request, a letter of recommendation from the Centre for Youth Literature.

'Thank you so much for this opportunity -- I know that this will open so many doors for me in the writing industry and in 2 years' time, I will be like "THANK GOD I WAS A YOU'RE THE VOICE CONTRIBUTOR IN YEAR 10" ' - Trianna


To apply, write a sample You’re the Voice post. Tell me all about that thing you want to tell the world about! Your piece should be 300-600 words, and include a short bio, telling me about yourself.

Send your article to with the subject line 'You’re the Voice application’. Don’t forget to include your personal details:

  • Name;
  • Age;
  • What gender you identify as;
  • What school you go to;
  • Which state/territory you live in.

Applications close midnight on Sunday, 17 August!


The Small but Necessary Print:

If your application is successful, we will require written permission from your parent/guardian.

You must be:

  • 12 - 20 years of age;
  • In Australia.

To help facilitate the many, dynamic views of young adults, please note that participation in one of my programs (eg You’re the Voice, Inky Awards Judge) will mean you will not be eligible for another of these starring roles for a period of 12 months.


This program is supported by the State Library of Victoria and Australia Council for the Arts.

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