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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 contact@blaxlandanddaughter.com

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 http://www.thecjdennissociety.com/index.php

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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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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State of Poetry podcasts

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/podcasts/states-of-poetry
Australian Book Review’s States of Poetry Podcast is part of a major new project States of Poetry<https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/poetry/states-of-poetry>, which is intended to highlight the quality and diversity of contemporary Australian poetry. Funded by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, this is one of the first federally arranged poetry anthologies published in this country. All states and territories will be covered with separate anthologies, each of them edited by a senior poet living in, or closely associated with, that state. The state editors will choose six local poets actively publishing new work (up to five poems per poet). The state anthologies will appear on the website with introductions from the state editor, biographies and remarks from the individual poets, recordings, and other features.

Poem of the Week podcasts

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/podcasts/poem-of-the-week
Each week a different poet will introduce and read his or her poem. This is a lasting record of these poets’ voices.

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

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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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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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 www.dorothea.com.au 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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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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Poem inspires

Sophie Masson’s poem Frosty School Morning was chosen as the inspirational text for the illustrators who will be competing in the New England Illustration Prize, a new award for emerging and experienced illustrators resident in New England.  You can read more about it here (and also see the poem) at http://www.newc.org.au/new-england-illustration-prize.html

Sophie said the poem was very much inspired by a characteristic experience for children in New England. “I’m especially pleased because this poem was also set to music a couple of years ago for the 10th anniversary of the big regional musical event, New England Sings,” she added.  It was one of three poems commissioned for it. Here’s the link. http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/2670062/photos-new-england-sings-review/

Special anniversary blog tour

The School Magazine is celebrating its centenary this year and Jackie Hosking of is organising a blog tour of Australian children’s poets who have had their work published in the magazines. The blog tour will be held on Monday, March 21 – World Poetry Day. For details on how to become involved contact Jackie here.

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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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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Giving Voice 

Jacqueline Woodson, the new young people’s UK poet laureate, gives an interview here on why poetry is a party everyone is invited to. Jacqueline Woodson article

 A chance to submit

It would be great to have some Australian poems included in these anthologies. http://theemmapress.com/2015/06/new-childrens-poetry-anthologies/

Competitions

The clock is ticking to the deadline for entries in the 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. First prize: $150. Closing date June 30. Full details here.

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing date 30 June

This annual poetry competition for school-aged children will also close at the end of the month. Optional theme is ‘the open door’. Individual fee of $15 or $25 for schools (up to 30 entries) or $50 (over 30 entries). For more information, click here.

2015 Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition

Closing date 7 September

The aim of the competition is to encourage the activity of writing which celebrates the work of CJ Dennis and relates to Australia’s history, activities, environment and personalities. There are various categories, including one for a poem written by an adult for children. For full details and an entry form, click here.

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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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, and relevant articles.

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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 traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

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, and relevant articles.

Thank you, Dianne Cook, for submitting the following items.

The CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA) for a book of poetry for children was launched in 2003. The award is presented annually, usually in July, for a book of poetry published in the preceding year. Check out the shortlist for CLiPPA 2015 here.

The state of Children’s Poetry has received some high-profile attention recently: poet Chrissie Gittins – featured in Let – was in the Guardian asking “why is Children’s Poetry so invisible?”: http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/apr/28/why-is-childrens-poetry-so-invisible-chrissie-gittins.

The 2015 Manchester Children’s Book Festival will have a whole weekend dedicated to Children’s Poetry on 4th and 5th July: http://www.mcbf.org.uk/whats-on/events/mcbf-childrens-poetry-weekend-let-in-the-stars-of-childrens-poetry. They’re also inviting bookshops, libraries, schools, reading groups and individuals to set up their own children’s poetry events and share their favourite poems and new creations: http://www.mcbf.org.uk/get-involved/let-in-the-stars-of-childrens-poetry

Winning words

I hope you’re all thinking about your entries for the 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. Closing date June 30. Full details here.

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing date 30 June

The annual poetry competition for school-aged children is now open. Optional theme is ‘the open door’. Individual fee of $15 or $25 for schools (up to 30 entries) or $50 (over 30 entries).

For more information, click here.