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The 2018 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards for School Children

Date: Sat June 30 2018 12:00 am to Sat June 30 2018 11:59 pm

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

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