The 32nd Annual Verse Writing Competition encourages writers to shape great Australian stories while showcasing rhyme, metre and broader literary mastery. Since 1991, thousands of entries have creatively captured aspects of Australian country and character in handcrafted bush poetry. Modern support for the Competition is inspiring poets to keep striving.
There is certainly a long tradition of Australian bush poetry and connected stories. This competition is about adding more names to the list of renowned practitioners and collected stories. Two pillars that stand like stone are Rhyme and Metre. Master them, add some great content and literary embellishments, and you are in with a chance to win one of the 13 Blackened Billy Verse Competition Awards.
The 2022 Award Ceremony will be held during the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival in February. Plans are for a hybrid event combining in-room and online attendance. Participants across Australia enjoyed celebrating the 2021 Awards together via Zoom. Online attendance will effectively assist again in 2022 to overcome both vast distances and border closures. Meanwhile, the 32nd Blackened Billy has been baked and is locked in a safe awaiting branding and handover to the winner.
For your chance, submit entries prior to closing date, via post or email. Entrants may obtain feedback from the adjudication panel.
Cost is $10 per poem with at least 2 evaluations provided.