The 2019 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards for School Children

Closing date 30 June 2019:

Australia’s longest-running annual poetry competition for school children.

Eligibility: Only students enrolled in Australian education facilities are eligible to enter. Entries accepted from 1st March to 30th June 2019.

Max. 80 lines; no illustrations, graphics or decorations.
Optional Theme: ‘Is There Anybody There?’.

HOW TO ENTER: ONLINE group entries from schools are preferred—coordinated, collated and submitted through a teacher or parent.


  • Lower Primary (Years K – 3)
  • Upper Primary (Years 4 – 6)
  • Assisted Learning Primary
  • Junior Secondary (Years 7 – 9)
  • Senior Secondary (Years 10 – 12)
  • Assisted Learning Secondary
  • David Maher Award (individual, primary only)
  • Multicultural NSW Award
  • Schools’ Award.

For full Conditions of Entry, details on How to Enter, Entry Fees and Prizes for each category, visit

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