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New poetry anthology

Our Home is Dirt by Sea coverAn anthology of children’s poems which had a very long and sometimes tenuous path into being has been released this month. Our Home is Dirt by Sea (published by Walker Books) features poems selected by Dianne Bates.  The book is dedicated to the late David Bateson and Veronika Gervay and includes poems by Anne Bell, Janeen Brian, Robert Adamson, Rodney Hall, Doug
Macleod, Elizabeth Honey and many more. RRP $16.99


Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Australia’s largest schools competition for poetry is now open. There are six individual and two schools’ categories plus a Multicultural NSW Award. This year’s optional theme is ‘Waiting’. Judges for 2016 are Sophie Masson and Stephen Whiteside. Entries close on 30 June and the winners will be announced on 2 September at the national Presentation Ceremony in Gunnedah, NSW. Visit for details.

Poetry pointers

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, particularly the responses to the Monday Poetry Prompts. 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.

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