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13th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition

 

For Australian writers only, this competition is for a non-rhyming poem suitable for a child up to the age of 12 years. Maximum length is 30 lines. Open theme.

All entries are to have a separate title page with full contact details including email address for results. There is no entry fee. One entry per person.

Prizes are $150 first prize, $100 for second prize and $50 for third prize plus certificates for winners and short-listed entries.  Entries must be received on or before 31 August, 2016.

Results will be announced on the Australian Children’s Poetry blog site and in Buzz Words (http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com) on 1 October.

Email entries to Teena Raffa-Mulligan at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

 

Competition winners announced

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A poem with strong imagery and a twist at the end has won the 12th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition. Yuval Says by Elizabeth Honey took out the top prize of $150. Second prize of $100 went to This Magic Night by Neridah McMullin and Jenny Erlanger won  the $50 third prize for Footloose.

Who is Outside? by Jodie Davidson and Orang-utan Crying by Ken Williams were highly commended and special mentions were made of Not Out by Neridah McMullinGoldfish Troubles by Melanie Hill and I Am Fire by Marsala Strachan.

The competition, sponsored by Dianne Bates, attracted 61 entries from around the country. Judge Claire Saxby said it was fascinating to have the opportunity to read work from such a wide range of poets.

“Poetry is a wonderful form that has the power to provoke and entrance. It is a fabulous playground for everyone who loves words,” said Claire.

“There was a wide range of topics explored in this competition, from the global to the very personal. Some were very serious, others were funny. The winners offered poems full of imagery and story, used poetic devices well and used the right words in the right places.

“Congratulations to each and every entrant for their hard work, imagination, playfulness and sincerity.”

In her report Claire noted that many poems started strongly but lost their way or weren’t completely finished.

“Sometimes it was the grammar, spelling and punctuation that was distracting,” she said. “In other cases, the end didn’t match or answer the beginning. Poems should end as strongly as they begin.

“Titles work best when they add an extra layer to the poem. Some titles also appeared in first and/or last lines – diminishing their strength.”

Rhyme was used in the vast majority of poems and Claire offered advice for poets choosing this form of expression.

“When done well, rhyme is a powerful tool,” she said. “Rhyme is like the icing on a cake – to be considered only after the baking is done, the cake cooled and the layers assembled.

“Rhyme challenges seen here included: ‘convenient rhymes’ where words were inserted more for their sound than their appropriateness; and ‘inversions’ where sentences were arranged to suit the rhyme scheme rather than the content.

“In other poems, rhyme limited the arrangement of lines. Rhythm within these rhyming stanzas was also sometimes uneven. Reading work out loud can help, but it can be even more helpful to someone else read the poem out loud. Then the poet can hear where the rhythm needs more work.”

The winning, commended and special mention poems will each be featured as a Poem of the Day, accompanied by the judge’s comments.

All entrants will receive the judge’s comments on their submissions.

Competition results also appear in BuzzWords Magazine.

Countdown to deadline

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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)bigpond.net.au

Write winning words

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12th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition (Children’s Poetry)

For Australian writers only, this competition is for a poem suitable for a child up to the age of 12 years. Maximum length 30 lines. Open theme. Poems that have previously won a competition are ineligible.

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.

Prizes are $150 first prize, $100 for second prize and $50 for third prize plus certificates for winners and short-listed entries. Entries must be received on or before 15 August.

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

Email entries to Teena Raffa-Mulligan at traffa-m(at)bigpond.net.au

 

 

 

Competition result

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There was a healthy response to the 11th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition for a poem suitable for a child up to 12 years. A good number of the 78 poems entered were thought to be suitable for publication; scoring on individual sheets reflects this. The average score (out of a possible 133) was 70.

Comments on each of the poems were made in good faith by the two judges, Dianne (Di) Bates and Bill Condon. www.enterprisingwords.com.au

The winners, after much deliberation, were as follows:

 

First prize ($150) Dianne Ellis of Wombarra NSW, with ‘The Family Cat’

Second prize ($100) Shey Marque of Two Rocks WA, with ‘Sometimes behind the Wallpaper’

Third prize ($50) Sophie Masson of Invergowrie NSW, with ‘Building Site Zoo’

 

Highly commended certificates were awarded to Pat Simmons, Sophie Masson, Michelle Lewry and Darrelle Spenceley.

 

This competition is run in the memory of my daughter, Kathleen Julia Bates (1971 – 1973).

All poets – and those interested in children’s poetry – are advised to read and follow the blog, Australian Children’s Poetry http://wwww.australianchildrenspoetry.com.au which lists competitions for children’s poetry and other valuable opportunities.

Di Bates