Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards 2014

The 2014 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is now in the planning stage for the 30th national children’s poetry competition – a wonderful anniversary to celebrate.  The theme ‘What Shall We Tell You’  was inspired by the verse poem by James Elroy Flecker.

The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia.

The Awards aim to inspire students across Australia to express their thoughts creatively through poetry and, by doing so, support the legacy of Dorothea Mackellar and her legendary poem ‘My Country‘. Entries open on March 1st each year and close on the 30th June.  In 2013, more than 700 schools entered with 10,000 poems submitted from all over Australia.

How to Enter

Poems from school age children can easily be submitted online once your school, teacher or home school parent has registered. Details about categories, prizes and conditions can be found in the Awards section of the Dorothea Mackellar website.

Details on how to enter and information about the history of the awards and much more, can be found at

Junior Categories Judge

I have the honour of being the 2014/15 Junior Categories Judge of these awards and I am so excited to be taking on this role. ‘My Country’ has always been a poem dear to my heart and my memories of reciting it out loud is something which will remain with me for always. Poetry was my favourite subject at primary school and I am looking forward very much, to reading the creations of today’s Primary School students . . . I know they will be wonderful.


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  1. christinemareebell Congratulations, C, on your appointment as judge. How fantastic to be able to read all those wonderful poems.
    February 5, 2014 at 8:49 am · Reply
  2. SquiggleMum How exciting to have you as judge this year! That is more incentive than ever to get my students producing high quality poetry :)
    February 10, 2014 at 11:55 am · Reply
    • corinne Thank you Catherine. What a lovely thing to say. I'll look forward to receiving them.
      February 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm · Reply
  3. Jenny Farquhar Thank you Corinne (love your name!) for giving all that time to making the 2014 Dorothea Mackellar awards such a splendid success. It was delightful to meet you and hear your reasons for chosing the winners and we look forward to celebrating the 2015 awards with you. Best regards Jenny Farquhar Vice President Dorothea Mackellar Society.
    August 30, 2014 at 5:24 pm · Reply
    • corinne Thank you Jenny for your very kind words. It was so lovely to meet you too. Thank you.
      September 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm · Reply

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