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 26 July 2021, click here for Conditions of Entry.

2021 Shortlisted Winners

Junior Category
The Dune - Roc Palmos Woodhouse, Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland
Before I Go  - Helena Chen, North Sydney Girls High School, New South Wales
Forgotten
 - Ayla Chirathivat-Geralds, Somerset College, Queensland
Dear Pain - Chiara Simonetta, Cerdon College Merrylands, New South Wales
The Little Things - Siena Mia Agius, Cerdon College Merrylands, New South Wales
Early December - Sophie Patulny, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design, New South Wales
The Memory of Us  - Mimi Williams, Presbyterian Ladies College, New South Wales

Senior Category
He, She - Shayna Fleiser, Moriah College, New South Wales
Year Picking - Ciara Symons, Kardinia International College, Victoria
Jane Doe - Heather Stephenson, Hillcrest Christian College, Victoria
Beginning - Helena Hagan, Somerset College, Queensland

2020 Winners
2019 Winners
2018 Winners

2020 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 Australia

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