The purpose of the Somerset National Poetry Prize is 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.

As a part of the 2019 Somerset Storyfest, school-aged students are invited to participate in the Somerset National Poetry Prize sponsored by Dr Annette Allen of Tweed Banora Dental.

Entries close on Friday 7 December 2018

2018 Winners
2018 Shortlisted
Judges Notes

2018 Winners

Junior Category
Giving but not Loving – Heidi Leeman, Southern Cross Catholic College, Queensland

Senior Category
Genetics is only the half of it – Vivi Baker, Somerset College, Queensland

2018 Shortlisted

Junior Category
The Dream – Zoe Crowley-Burrows, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, New South Wales
The Truth of Writing – Lucinda Jackson, St Joseph's College, New South Wales
Giving but not Loving – Heidi Leeman, Southern Cross Catholic College, Queensland
Emu – Lucia Gelonesi, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Family Snapshot – Lucia Gelonesi, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, New South
Wales When Sorrow was a Boy – Sally McShane, Queechy High School, Tasmania

Senior Category
Rain Song – Victoria Streeton-Cook, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Victoria
Seeing/Believing – Kethmi Gamage, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Victoria
A Lesson on Love and War – Emma Nicholas, Queechy High School, Tasmania
Shadow – Adna Mahmutovic, Amity College, New South Wales
Genetics is only the half of it – Vivi Baker, Somerset College, Queensland

Judges Notes