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World Poetry Day Competition

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The World Poetry Day competition will open on 21 March 2020 to coincide with World Poetry Day, a day which provides the chance for teachers to celebrate Australian poetry with their students.

This year, entrants are asked to write a poem of 20 lines or less about an object. The competition is designed to inspire students to explore how language holds the power to turn ordinary objects into poetry.

The competition is open to all Australian students in primary or secondary school; young people not in mainstream schools aged 18 and under; and Australian primary and high school teachers.


First Place (Primary, Secondary, Teacher): $500 cash prize; Book pack from Copyright Agency (valued up to $100); Mentoring session with judge Eleanor Jackson; Winner’s certificate

Rex prize (Primary and Secondary): Regional Express Airlines (Rex) will award special prizes for regional and remote school communities located within 1 hour of airports serviced by Rex; Rex flights and merchandise; Poem publication in the Rex inflight magazine True Blue; Winner’s certificate

Highly Commended (Primary, Secondary, Teacher): $20 book voucher; Judging commendations.

Closing date: Friday 22 May 2020.

For more information, please visit Red Room Poetry or the Copyright Agency Reading Australia website.

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