Countdown to deadline


Are you planning to enter the 12th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition (Children’s Poetry)?

If you’re an Australian writer who writes poems suitable for children up to the age of 12 years, you have until Saturday to get your entry in for a chance to win a cash prize. Prizes are $150 first prize, $100 for second prize and $50 for third prize plus certificates for winners and short-listed entries.

The theme is open and the maximum length is 30 lines. All entries are to have a separate title page with full contact details including email address for results. Entrants will also receive a score sheet and other feedback.

Entry fee is $10 per poem. Payment is by direct deposit to BSB 633-000 Account Number 140152760. Please use the format (your surname)_poetry when making your deposit so payment can be easily matched with submissions.

Results will be announced on the Australian Children’s Poetry blog site and in Buzz Words (All the Buzz about Children’s Books).

Email entries to Teena Raffa-Mulligan at traffa-m(at)

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