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Kembla Flame Written Bush Poetry Competition

Date: Thu December 24 2020 12:00 am to Thu December 24 2020 11:59 pm


presented by the Illawarra Breakfast Poets




Total prize money $900, all prizes are cash with certificate. Winners to be announced on

            January 15th, 2021. The decision of the judging panel is final.

         OPEN            First place – The Kembla Flame Trophy, $300 and certificate.

                                 Runner up – $200 and certificate 

                                  Two positions of Highly Commended – $100 each and certificate.

         NOVICE         $100 and certificate. For poets over 18 years who have not been awarded any prize in a written bush poetry competition.

         JUNIOR         $100 and certificate.  New section for 2021 for poets under 18 years.



Closing Date 24th December 2020. Late entries will not be accepted. There is an entry fee of $6 per poem or 3 poems for $10 and must be paid before judging.

Entries are posted to the Competition Secretary. Fees are payable by bank transfer. More details are found on the form (following page). 

Please complete the fillable form and then print it and sign it.

Please send 3 PRINTED copies of each poem accompanying your form. These copies must not have your name on them. There is no limit to number of poems entered. 

You may enter multiple sections, but the same poem cannot be entered in both sections.

For enquiries, contact EMAIL: zondraeking@gmail.com or PHONE: 4283 7061 or 0401 160 137 or the Australian Bush Poets Assn abpa.org.au (events page).



This is a written Bush Poetry competition and therefore is for poems written with consistent rhyme and meter.

There is also the requirement that the theme or subject matter must be Australian by nature. For example, horse riding in the mountains would only be considered “Australian” if the mountains were named e.g. The Snowy Mountains etc. Such detail as this may be the deciding factor.


To download an entry form or find further information, please visit the Australian Bush Poets Association website.

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