Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

This year I have the honour of being the Judge of the Junior Categories for the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, the oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia.

This year’s competition opened on March 1 so already I am reading poems daily, sent from children from remote areas of Australia and from, perhaps, my local primary school. Between now and when the competition closes at the end of June, I will read and judge about 6000 poems (at least that’s what it was last year for Glenda Millard.)

I will also be working with wonderful author Nette Hilton who is judging the poems for the secondary students. In August we will fly to Gunnedah in NSW, (where Dorothea Mackellar frequently spent time at her family’s properties and wrote some beautiful poetry about the area,) to present these awards to the winning students.

It is both a pleasure and a privilege to be reading creative work from young poets and already I’ve been ‘blown away’ by some of the writing. Have a look at the Dorothea Mackellar website

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards


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  1. Kaye Baillie This sounds wonderful, Corinne. Kaye x
    March 19, 2014 at 11:31 am · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton Thank you Kaye and so sorry I didn't get to spend much time with you on Saturday.
      March 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm · Reply
  2. Caz Goodwin Sounds like a massive job, but enjoyable. Happy reading! Caz
    March 19, 2014 at 11:55 am · Reply
    • corinne Hi Caz. There are a lot of poems, but I'm loving it. Thank you.
      March 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm · Reply
  3. Lorraine Marwood Corinne, hope you enjoy this- say hi to the Gunnedah folk for me.
    March 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm · Reply
  4. Corinne Fenton Thank you Lorraine, I will. x
    March 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm · Reply
  5. Chris Bell What a wonderful, joyous task. Have fun and take plenty of rests between "6000" poems, Corinne. Wow! That's a phenomenal effort on the part of both judge and poets. I look forward to hearing more about it. x C
    March 20, 2014 at 9:03 pm · Reply

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