A chance for young people to passionately express themselves…and win!
Enter your poetry to win fame and fortune
*May not result in actual fame or fortune
We’re on the hunt for Australia’s next generation of poets, and we want to see your poetry!
Our monthly Poetry Challenge opens on the 1st and concludes on the final day of each month.
The winner for the year will be chosen from all the monthly finalists and announced towards the end of the year.
Selected from the monthly finalists, the overall winner will:
01 Have their poem included in a PIA show performed to our audience of over 100,000 students, with pride of place alongside some of Australia’s most revered poets
02 Have their poem filmed and performed by one of our troupes and uploaded online
03 Receive a $500 cash prize
The second place winner will be awarded $250 and the third place winner will receive $100!
I’M HONOURED AND THANKFUL TO BE CHOSEN AS THIS YEARS WINNER. POETRY IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A LONG LASTING PASSION OF MINE. IT BRINGS ME GREAT JOY TO KNOW THAT MY POETRY HAS BROUGHT HAPPINESS TO OTHERS; THAT IS ALL THE CONGRATULATIONS I NEED.
- Zaq Hazrin, 2018 POETRY COMP WINNER
On this land I will not care about your given ethnic trace,
On this country I refuse to embrace anything about any face,
On this capital I cannot see my people nor my race.
Do you know what I see?
I see a multitude of individually seething sparks,
That if combined becomes a singing blaze,
Feeding on hope, clarity and realisation to its raging passion.
Like the bonfire that will break the worlds daze,
Dying only for its embrace.
I embrace the willing ember that will last forever,
An immortal fire to incinerate, obliviate, disentigrate our hate.
Even if it may take centuries and ages to late,
This flame will never die waiting for a world to remember,
A world that cared.
I care enough to burn the barriers separating darker to lighter, the lucky winners and unlucky losers ,the richer and the poorer.
A partition built by political powerhouses and powerful pessimists,
To free a world where no matter what skin you wear or the places you’ve been.
There will always freedom to be seen.
Poets must be aged 18 and under to enter.
The submitted poem cannot be more than 30 lines long.
Write about whatever you want.
Works must be original and written by the applicant.
By entering this competition you agree to our TERMS & CONDITIONS
Ready to set your pen to paper?
Simply fill out and submit this form!
Alternatively, you can send your poem to us as a private message via Facebook, or e-mail it through to email@example.com – making sure to also include your name, age, school and contact details so we can get in touch if you’ve made the winning entry.
We look forward to seeing your poems!