News update


Bush Poetry Slam

Poets can enter this fun, free event and win prizes as part of Sydney’s inaugural Bushranger Festival. The poetry slam competition will be held on Saturday May 20 at 4pm at St Ives Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives. For more details email

CJ Dennis Poetry Competition

The 2017 Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition is now open for entries. Unlike most poetry competitions, it has a category for ‘adults writing for children’. This is judged by an adult, but there is also a separate award judged by local primary school children. Closing date September 1. Prizes will be awarded at the CJ Dennis Poetry Festival on Saturday, October 21. For full details and entry form go to

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.