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 2021 Somerset Storyfest, school-aged students are invited to participate in the Somerset National Poetry Prize sponsored by Dr Annette Allen of Tweed Banora DentalEntries open Monday 27 July 2020, click here for Conditions of Entry.

2020 National Winners

Junior Category
Mothers as Others - Lucia Gelonesi, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, New South Wales

Senior Category
Little Somethings - Jacki Elezovich, Swan Valley Anglican Community School, Western Australia2020 Shortlisted


2020 Shortlisted Winners

Junior Category
Anangu Girl - Rosanna Cartwright, Santa Sabina College, New South Wales
Googling Wuthering Heights - Lucia Gelonesi, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, New South Wales
India My Home - Michelle Geogy, Cedars Christan College, New South Wales
Mothers as Others - Lucia Gelonesi, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, New South Wales

Senior Category
Little Somethings - Jacki Elezovich, Swan Valley Anglican Community School, Western Australia
I- Duy Quang Mai, Homebush Booys High School, New South Wales
i've mastered artistry (yet there's still so much to learn) - Eve Zelich, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Queensland
Moonlit Tsunammi - Jemima Desbrow, Assisi Catholic College, Queensland

2019 Winners
2018 Winners

2019 Winners

Junior Category
Sicilian Music Box - Lucia Gelonesi, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, New South Wales

Senior Category
My Lover’s Lover - Amy Wortmann, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Queensland

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