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.

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 Somerset Storyfest National Poetry Prize!

Junior Winner 

The Forgotten - Ovindee Amarasiri, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Victoria

Senior Winner

We are young only once- Laura Pannell, Hornsby Girls State High School

2022 National Poetry Prize Shortlisted

Junior Category

Ode to Red - Mia Walther, Ocean Reef Senior High School, Western Australia
The Forgotten - Ovindee Amarasiri, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Victoria
Breathing Tube - Charlotte Donovan, Irene McCormack Catholic College, Western Australia

Senior Category

A New Light Breaks On The Windowsill - Cameron De Silva, Waverley Christian College, Victoria
A Dream in Physics - Tiana Pendray, New South Wales
The Forgotten Salute - Ellie Howlett, Ballarat High School, Victoria
We are young only once- Laura Pannell, Hornsby Girls State High School
Country - Rosanna Cartwright, Santa Sabina College, New South Wales
Thalassic Extinction- Anna Georgeson, Somerset College, Queensland


2021 Winners
2020 Winners
2019 Winners
2018 Winners

2021 Winners

Junior Category
Early December - Sophie Patulny, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design, New South Wales

Senior Category
Beginning - Helena Hagan, Somerset College, Queensland

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