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.
Open submissions, but winners are selected
Entry fee is roughly $10 USD per poem. Students may submit multiple poems.
No technical skills required to enter, but writing ability is important to do well
Variable depending on how many poems the student wishes to submit
Online application including entry fee, PDF of poem(s), and entry form