There was a healthy response to the 11th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition for a poem suitable for a child up to 12 years. A good number of the 78 poems entered were thought to be suitable for publication; scoring on individual sheets reflects this. The average score (out of a possible 133) was 70.
Comments on each of the poems were made in good faith by the two judges, Dianne (Di) Bates and Bill Condon. www.enterprisingwords.com.au
The winners, after much deliberation, were as follows:
First prize ($150) Dianne Ellis of Wombarra NSW, with ‘The Family Cat’
Second prize ($100) Shey Marque of Two Rocks WA, with ‘Sometimes behind the Wallpaper’
Third prize ($50) Sophie Masson of Invergowrie NSW, with ‘Building Site Zoo’
Highly commended certificates were awarded to Pat Simmons, Sophie Masson, Michelle Lewry and Darrelle Spenceley.
This competition is run in the memory of my daughter, Kathleen Julia Bates (1971 – 1973).
All poets – and those interested in children’s poetry – are advised to read and follow the blog, Australian Children’s Poetry http://wwww.australianchildrenspoetry.com.au which lists competitions for children’s poetry and other valuable opportunities.