Feb 25, 2019

The Somerset National Poetry Prize

  • Crimson Education
  • Australia


The purpose of the Somerset National Poetry Prize is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also aims to inspire and enrich youth literature. Category winners will have the opportunity to attend the Somerset Storyfest and be billeted with members of the Somerset Wordsmiths’ Club. The winners will be officially announced during Somerset Storyfest at the prestigous Literary Long Table Dinner.

The competition is open to ALL current secondary students who are Australian citizens or permanent reisidents attending school in Australia. Winners will be chosen in two categories, Junior Secondary (Years 7-9) and Senior Secondary (Years 10-12), and the winner in each category will receive a cash prize of $300 AUD and flights to attend Storyfest.

For more information visit the official website here.

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Open submissions, but winners are selected

Participation Cost

Entry fee is roughly $10 USD per poem. Students may submit multiple poems.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


No technical skills required to enter, but writing ability is important to do well

Time Commitment


Variable depending on how many poems the student wishes to submit

Application Deadline

2020 Competition has been cancelled. Dates for 2021 are TBA

Application Process Includes

Online application including entry fee, PDF of poem(s), and entry form