News update



  • The 12th annual Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Competition closed on August 15 and the entries have now been forwarded for judging, which this year is being done by Claire Saxby. The prize winners will be announced next month on the Australian Children’s Poetry website, in Buzzwords magazine and on relevant Face Book groups.
  • Spring Competition: Jackie Hosking is running a competition for poetry and stories in verse. Entry fee $10. Closing date October 21. Email jackiehosking(at) for details and an entry form.
  • Somerset National Poetry Prize

Open to Australian secondary students under 19 years of age

Closing Date 11 December

Do you know a young person with a flair for writing poetry? This competition is being held in conjunction with the Somerset Celebration of Literature 2016. Its purpose 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 has the aim of inspiring and enriching youth literature. Category prizes of $300 plus flights to attend the festival. Full details here.

Poetry pointers

To rhyme or not to rhyme?

Where do you get ideas? How do you write a poem? Do poems have to rhyme? What makes it a poem if it doesn’t rhyme? Who publishes poetry? How do I become a children’s poet? What is your top tip for writers who want to write poetry for children?

These are among the myriad questions asked by writers who want to write poetry. How would you answer them? If you have a poetry pointer to share, email me at

Poems wanted

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

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, poetry book reviews and relevant articles.

2 thoughts on “News update

  1. Hello,

    Many thanks for this. I haven’t been posting poems regularly as I’ve been finishing a MSS and pl nning a trip to Australia. I’m leaving today as a matter of fact. I’m back on the 20th October and will start sending regularly.


    Best wishes,


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