Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Closing date: 30 June 2021

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is Australia’s largest and oldest poetry competition for school students.
The optional theme this year is “Rich and Rare”. 

AWARD CATEGORIES AND PRIZES: 

Lower Primary (Years K – 3)  
Winner: $300, trophy and prize pack
Runner-up: $150 and prize pack

Upper Primary (Years 4 – 6, Inc. Year 7 in SA)
Winner: $400, trophy and prize pack
Runner-up: $200 and prize pack

Assisted Learning Primary
Winner: $400, trophy and prize pack
Runner-up: $200 and prize pack
[Entries to be submitted by the teacher, eligibility criteria: students on assisted learning programs and students with English as a second language].

Junior Secondary (Years 7 – 9)
Winner: $500, trophy and prize pack
Runner-up: $300 and prize pack

Senior Secondary (Years 10 – 12)
Winner: $500, trophy and prize pack
Runner-up: $300 and prize pack

Assisted Learning Secondary
Winner: $500, trophy and prize pack
Runner-up: $300 and prize pack
[Entries to be submitted by the teacher, eligibility criteria: students on assisted learning programs and students with English as a second language].

David Maher Award (primary schools only)
Awarded to the best individual entry from a school with 25 students or less. (Home-school/distance education students not eligible).
Winner: $250, trophy and prize pack

Kurrumbede Award
Awarded to the best primary school and secondary school entry from a school within 100km of Gunnedah. Entrants will be checked for eligibility. 
Winners (Primary and Secondary school): $250 each, trophy and prize pack

Schools’ Award
For schools that demonstrate effort, achievement and a high standard of entries, awarded at the judges’ discretion.
Winner Primary: $1000, trophy and prize pack
Winner Secondary: $1000, trophy and prize pack

Prize Packs
Prize packs include a unique trophy and a wonderful collection of books from a number of publishing houses and local businesses.

Full details of How to Enter and Conditions of Entry are available on the official Dorothea Mackellar website www.dorothea.com.au/How-to-Enter-awards

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