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Helpful advice for aspiring poets

So You Wanna Be a Children’s Poet…

In this informative article, freelance writer Linda Phillips looks at techniques, terminology and genres and offers some sound advice for anyone keen to write poetry for young people.

“The point is to read widely, acquire new skills and techniques, and get busy writing. You’ll never be a ‘wanna-be’ children’s poet again.”

http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/children.shtml

 

How to Write Poetry for Magazines

Suzanne E. Henshon encourages aspiring poets to write for magazines as a first step on their path to publication.

“Writing poetry for children is exciting and exhilarating. You’ll discover that the gift of words is challenging to develop but wonderful to share. As a poet, you can give young readers lasting memories: poems that will stay in their hearts forever.”

http://clcd-literatureforchildrenandya.blogspot.com.au/2010/08/how-to-write-poetry-for-magazines-by.html

Poetry books for young people

Elizabeth Kennedy recommends several books for poetry readers in the 12+ age group on this site.

http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/poetry/tp/poetry.htm

I particularly liked the sound of these…

Dark Emperor of the Night, a 2011 John Newbury honour book by Joyce Sidman. Kennedy describes it as “a striking mixture of poetry, science and art”.

Pieces: A Year in Poems and Quilts features 20 poems about nature by Anna Grossnickle Hines, all illustrated by a miniature quilt created by the poet.

 Poems wanted

Do you have a poem for young people to share as our Poem of the Day? I’d love to hear from you. Email me on traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Competition

Time is running out if you want to enter this.

The Caterpillar Poetry PrizeClosing date 31 March 2015

More information at: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/2014/08/25/poetry-competition/

Happy writing!
Teena

Updates

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Here are the recent updates to this blog/website.

 

For ease of reference, links to articles, interviews or reviews posted on the blog page will also be accessed via their respective pages.

 

INTERVIEWS

Recent interviews with Doug MacLeod and Stephen Whiteside can be accessed via the Interviews ‘drop-down’ menu.

 

REVIEWS

All  reviews can be accessed via the Review page.

 

POETS A-Z

The article/bio on Oodgeroo Noonuccal aka Kath Walker (contributed by Robyn Youl of Bacchus Marsh, Victoria) has been added to our POETS A-Z page.

 

If you are not able to view the ‘drop-down’ listing of poets, all bios can be accessed through the main page here.

Direct link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/

 

Regards,

 

Di Bates

 

 

Updates

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Here are this week’s updates.

 

COMPETITIONS

Current competitions (listed on this site) are now on the main ‘Competitions‘ page – in order of deadline submission date.

Reminders

 

The 2014 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, Australia’s largest and oldest poetry writing competition for students.

Closing Date: 30-June 2014

 

POETS A-Z

Two bios have been added to our POETS A-Z page.

Mike Lucas

Dianne Ellis

If you are not able to view the ‘drop-down’ listing of poets, all bios can be accessed through the main page here.

Direct link: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates

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Here are this week’s updates.

 

Articles

New article:  Entering Poetry competitions

Click here for the link to a guest post by Ashley Capes, on the BusyBird Publishing website, which gives poets ideas how to maximise their chances when entering a poetry competition.

 

Competitions

All competitions are now on the main ‘Competitions‘ page – listed in order of deadline submission date.

Please refer for upcoming competition deadlines.

Click here to view: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/competitions/

 

Reviews

Former editor of the NSW Department of Education School Magazine, Jonathan Shaw, has posted a great review of Billy that Died with its Boots On by Stephen Whiteside (Walker Books Australia 2014).

Please click here for the link.

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates

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Please note that the information in this post (posted on 31 May) has been amended. ALL poetry information is now found on the main ‘Competitions’ page here.

Direct link at: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/competitions/

 

Here are this week’s updates.

 

COMPETITIONS

The 2014 Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Competition has opened for entries.

Click here for more information:

 

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

A reminder about the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards – The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia.

Click here for more information.

 

Poems about Myths and Legends

Click here for more information regarding an anthology of poems for children about myths and legends.

 

NOTE:

All competition details (in chronological order for deadline listings) are listed on the main ‘Competition’ page at: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/competitions/

 

LINKS

There is a great article on poetry for children in the May 2014 Books for Keeps.

For more information, click here:

 

POETS A-Z

An article on Henry Lawson (contributed by Robyn Youl) has been added to our growing list of talented Australian poets.

Link at:

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/k-o-2/henry-Lawson

 

NOTE:

All listed poets can be viewed here or via the drop down menu (Poets A-Z).

Link at:

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates

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Here is the latest update.

 

News 

This section keeps up-to-date with information about what’s happening in schools, poets with new collections being released, etc. 

Recent news:

Short-listed Australian Children’s Poet

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/poetry-news/short-listed-australian-childrens-poet/

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates

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Here are this week’s updates.

 

News

Top children’s poetry books

US Children’s Poetry Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt picks what he considers is the best children’s poetry books. Please click on the link for further information.

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/poetry-news/top-childrens-poetry-books/

 

Poets A-Z

Two bios have been added to our growing list of talented Australian poets.

Lilith Norman

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/k-o-2/lilith-norman/

 

Gordon Winch

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/u-z-2/gordon-winch/

 

All listed poets can be viewed here or via the drop down menu (Poets A-Z).

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di  Bates