Since 1984, the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards – a national competition – has provided children from K-12 an opportunity to write their own poetic masterpieces.
The awards are based in the Mackellar Centre in Gunnedah, NSW; a building dedicated to Dorothea herself, exhibiting a number of artefacts, photographs as well as Jean Isherwood’s painting collection depicting Dorothea Mackellar’s poem, ‘My Country’.
Eligibility: Only students enrolled in Australian education facilities are eligible to enter.
Max. 80 lines; no illustrations, graphics or decorations.
Optional Theme: ‘I Have Promises To Keep’.
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
- Multicultural NSW Award
For full Terms & Conditions, details on How to Enter and Prizes for each category, visit dorothea.com.au