KSP Poetry Awards

The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to present this annual poetry competition for Australian writers, which is FREE for youth to enter thanks to sponsorship from the Shire of Mundaring. Entries must be original and unpublished. All poetry styles and themes are acceptable.

Results will be announced at an awards ceremony in December and published on social media and the KSP website thereafter. Shortlisted entrants will be contacted prior to the awards ceremony with an invitation to attend and read an extract of their entry. 

You will need a Submittable account to enter this competition. Don't worry! It is free and easy to set up.

Deadline

2.00pm AWST Thursday 30 September 2021

NOTE: The competition will open on Friday 21 May 2021.

Eligibility

You must be an Australian resident to enter the youth and open categories of this competition.

You must be a Western Australian resident to enter the Annette Cameron Award category.

Entries must be unpublished, original, and not under consideration elsewhere.

Categories

Youth KSP Poetry Awards (10 to 17 years)

Open KSP Poetry Awards (18 years plus)

*Annette Cameron Encouragement Award

* The Annette Cameron Encouragement Award is for current West Australian residents over the age of 18 who have never published a full collection of poetry either in print or online. Definition of 'unpublished': The entrant has never published a full collection of poetry either in print or online. This award is sponsored by KSP-member Flora Smith in memory of her cousin Annette Cameron, life-long friend of Katharine Susannah Prichard.

Costs

YOUTH: Free, limit of one poem per entrant

ADULT & ANNETTE CAMERON: $10 per poem, no limit on entries

Line Counts

YOUTH: Max 50

ADULT: Max 50

ANNETTE CAMERON: Max 50

How to Enter

Set up a Submittable account

Click below on the 'Submit' button, and select the relevant KSP competition you wish to enter

Prepare your entry/ies according to the guidelines (refer to Submittable entry form)

Complete Submittable entry form and submit before the deadline.

Prizes

*subject to discretion of judge*

First place $300 prize for open plus weekend residency at the KSP Writers' Centre (non-transferable, $300 value) and $100 first place prize for youth

Annette Cameron Award for an Unpublished WA Poet: $150

Second place certificates with $150 prize for open and $50 for youth

Up to five commended certificates for both open and youth

Mundaring National Young Writers encouragement award for under 14s with $25 prize

Select entrants invited to read their story at KSP’s End of Year Awards Ceremony

Competition Judge:

TBC

Queries

Office hours are 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday. office@kspwriterscentre.com / 08 9294 1872