One hundred and four times we have wept with you and we have felt your pain and struggles as you navigate the Australian education syste...

Red Letter Competition Finalists

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One hundred and four times we have wept with you and we have felt your pain and struggles as you navigate the Australian education system.  One hundred and four times we have also laughed through our tears at your optimism, creativity and dyslexic power to triumph over immense challenges.  Each of your letters, these precious red letters, have changed the world and have begun change in our country.  

Politicians have read the red letters, teachers have read them, journalists have read them and so have your brother and sister dyslexic learners.  You have inspired us all with your powerful words and dyslexic superpowers and these letters will go on to speak to policy makers all over our country and beyond.  

We; the organising committee, Jackie French, Harper Collins and Audible want to thank you all for writing.  We want you to know that each one of your red letters has won our hearts.  Although there can only be some major winners, you have all won because your red letters have gone out into our world and are now beginning to effect change.  Thank you for bearing your dyslexia on your shoulder and for being brave enough to speak out and to tell your stories.  For this reason we are so pleased to let you know that our wonderful sponsors have awarded every one of your red letters a prize.  Harper Collins and Jackie French have awarded you a specially chosen book from Jackie's collection and Audible have awarded you all three audiobooks to enjoy forever.



Thank you- thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your work, resilience, optimism and support. 

Victoria, Julie, Jen, Belinda, Anita, Carolyn, Heidi, Sarah and Maree 

Triumph over Adversity Recipient
Sydney Harbour Sailing Package for up to 10 people
Kindly donated by Sailors with DisABILITIES founder David Pescud
"I was surprised and a bit shocked to get the call from David to say I was the winner. David and I talked for about 25 minutes about how difficult it is to be dyslexic."

All Ages Major Prize Recipient
iPad Air from Harvey Norman, Nessy Learning Package, Ghotit Software
“The reason that the Red Letter competition was such a good idea is that people can say what it’s like to have dyslexia, and how hard they try, so people can realise and acknowledge it”

5 to 8 year old age group

First Prize Recipient
Reading Doctor Package, Little Learners Sound Swap Game, Ghotit Software
"Upon being told he had won, Jaxon's eyes grew wide with surprise. The following comments were then heard over and over again. "awesome" "when does my prize arrive" "I'm so happy I could cry". "

Second Prize Recipient
Barton Reading - Level 1, Ghotit Software
"Don't worry if you have dyslexia. Just make sure your mum and dad help."

Third Prize Recipient
Wordshark & Numbershark Subscription

Encouragement Recipient
Learnersaurus Resources Prepasaurus Pack
"I'm just very very very thankful, thank you."


9 to 12 year old age group


First Prize Recipient
C-Pen Reader, Ghotit Software
“I am really excited and proud to have won – I never thought my letter would get picked! My letter was sent to the principal of my new high school and he has sent copies of my letter to all of the teachers at the school so I hope it will help lots of other dyslexic children too.”

Second Prize Recipient
Barton Reading - Level 1, Ghotit Software
"I'm so happy to have won a place in this competition. I never thought it would be possible because of my dyslexia."

Third Prize Recipient
Outside the Square, Ghotit Software
She is skipping to school this morning!

Encouragement Recipient
Learnersaurus Resources Best Seller Trio Books
Lucas was absolutely over the moon that he won an prize. He was certain after looking at all the other great entries that he probably wasn’t going to win anything. It is so lovely for us, as his parents to see him get a win like this as he doesn’t tend to get many of the big awards at school.

13 to 18 year old age group

First Prize Recipient

C-Pen Reader, Ghotit Software
"I wrote my red letter to give kids with dyslexia a voice. I wanted people to understand what we are going through and I wanted politicians to help make a difference for all of us. I didn't expect to be helped in return and I am very grateful for that. The Assistive Technologies that I have won will make learning easier and help me continue to love learning and reach for my dreams. Thank you to all the sponsors and to Light it Red for Dyslexia."

Second Prize Recipient
Cracking the ABC Resources & Assessment, Sounds-Write Book Voucher, Outside the Square, Ghotit Software
"I'm all about empowerment!"

Third Prize Recipient
Outside the Square, Ghotit Software
"Wow I am speechless, thank you so much!"

Encouragement Recipient
Ghotit Software


Out of the Box Award Recipient
Home Box of Truggs. Looking for Heroes book
"I'm proud of being dyslexic and I can do anything."

Out of the Box Award Recipient
Looking for Heroes book, Jackie French book

"I don't know what to say!". I think her smile says it all :)

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