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.

2019 Shortlisted
Junior Category
Senior Category
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