Jacqueline Woodson, the new young people’s UK poet laureate, gives an interview here on why poetry is a party everyone is invited to. Jacqueline Woodson article
A chance to submit
It would be great to have some Australian poems included in these anthologies. http://theemmapress.com/2015/06/new-childrens-poetry-anthologies/
The clock is ticking to the deadline for entries in the 12th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition (Children’s Poetry). For Australian writers only, this competition is for a poem suitable for a child up to the age of 12 years. Maximum length 30 lines. Open theme. First prize: $150. Closing date June 30. Full details here.
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing date 30 June
This annual poetry competition for school-aged children will also close at the end of the month. Optional theme is ‘the open door’. Individual fee of $15 or $25 for schools (up to 30 entries) or $50 (over 30 entries). For more information, click here.
2015 Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Closing date 7 September
The aim of the competition is to encourage the activity of writing which celebrates the work of CJ Dennis and relates to Australia’s history, activities, environment and personalities. There are various categories, including one for a poem written by an adult for children. For full details and an entry form, click here.
Please keep submissions of poetry coming in for the Poem of the Day. Your submissions are much appreciated and I’m enjoying them immensely. If you’re a poet who is still thinking about whether to submit, please do! Poems are always needed and get posted so long as they are suitable for children (including teenagers). Previously published poems can be submitted provided you still retain copyright. Email email@example.com
Articles, events, information and interviews
ACP is also happy to accept information about children’s poetry activities and events in Australia and overseas, poetry links, competitions, interviews with poets or publishers, and relevant articles.