Secondary School Writers & Poets

The Somerset National Poetry Prize seeks to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also aims to inspire and enrich youth literature. And there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!

Opening date Monday 29 July 2019  Closing date Friday 6 December 2019

Write a poem of no more than 50 lines

The Somerset National Poetry Prize is open to ALL current secondary students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school in Australia. Students receiving home schooling are eligible to enter. Entrants must be under 19 years of age as of the competition closing date. The winner in each category will receive $300 plus flights to the Gold Coast to attend the Somerset Storyfest in March 2020.

Storyfest National Novella Competition Now Open!
Cash Prize $2,500 | Gold Coast Flights | Meet with Publicists


The Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth – and there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!

Here’s what the competition entails:

Write a novella of between 8,000 and 20,000 words
Submit it by 6 December 2019
Have it judged by an expert panel
Winners from each State will be flown to the Gold Coast to enjoy Somerset Storyfest in March 2020 and will also receive a cash prize
On top of the prize for being a State winner, the National winner also receives a first prize of $2,500, as well as a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia)



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