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Here are this week’s updates.



Why are booksellers afraid of children’s poetry?

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Don’t forget to check our  Competitions‘ page for end of April submission deadlines.



Dianne (Di) Bates interviews Bill Condon

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Competition result

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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.

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 which lists competitions for children’s poetry and other valuable opportunities.

Di Bates

Poem of the Day


Sea song


I took my teddy down to the sea

Thinking what fun it was bound to be,

But he took one step and his paws got all wet

He doesn’t want to go for a swim just yet.


I took my budgie down to the sea,

Thinking what fun it was bound to be,

But he took one look and he flew away,

He just won’t go to the sea today.


I took my puppy down to the sea,

Hoping she’d love it just like me.

She barked at the waves, then ran in to play,

I think we’ll stay at the sea all day!


© Sophie Masson

Poem of the Day




Nestled on my lap

in a crevassed curve

to his liking

sharp edges unseen

body rounded



like a freshly placed pudding

plumped yet pleasing

to the eye


I feel the warmth

the beat

the motor mechanics



Purrrfectly Purrring…

Purrrfectly Purrring…

Purrrfectly Purrring…


I smooth his soft silkiness

and see

sleepy slits

slowly open

to reveal






in contrast to black beauty


His eyes look into mine


speaking to my soul…

I trust you to care.


© Dianne Ellis

Throughout my life, I have enjoyed the company of cats in my home.   I find the majority of cats are very soulful creatures, particularly the pure black ones who gracefully prance around taking confident ownership of property and loved ones.

One day I was sitting down writing when my gorgeous black Shadow effortlessly leapt onto my lap and settled there, as he always did.

It was only a moment in time but I felt the need to share my feelings and highlight Shadow’s special silent message through this poem. I hope you enjoy my words.

I have written poetry all my life, however in recent years, my love of writing has steered me towards children’s stories. Rusty Rumble and his Smelly Socks and Rusty Rumble’s Day at the Beach are my first published picture books and excerpts from my books can be seen on

Friday Update


Here are this week’s updates:



The Ipswich Poetry Feast website has now released details on the 2014 International Poetry Writing Competition.

The Competition Opening Date: Sunday 6 April 2014; Closing date  is Fri 1 August 2014 at 5.00 p.m.

Please click our Competitions  page for the updated details.

Don’t forget to check our  competition page for end of April deadline submissions.



Poetry Book Review – Verses for Children by various poets (Pine Street Poets, 2013)

To view, please click on the Review page.


That’s it for this week.