City of Rockingham’s 2015 Community Christmas Poetry Competition

Entries will soon be open for the City of Rockingham’s 2015 Community Christmas Poetry Competition.

The 2015 Community Christmas Poetry Competition aims to create a sense of good will and community pride during the festive season. Entrants are invited to submit up to three poems of no longer than 24 lines on the theme of ‘Christmas’.

Entry is free. The winning entry will be displayed on posters throughout the Rockingham area during the festive period. The winning poet will receive 2 copies of the poster as well as a first prize of $200.

Submissions will be accepted from 14 September and close 2 November.

To enter:

  • Send a maximum of 3 poems, attached to an email in rtf or doc format, to with “POETRY SUBMISSION: Your Title” as the subject line.
  • The body of your email must include your name, address, phone/mobile number, email address, and the title & line counts of your poems. To ensure anonymity, do not include your details on your entered poems themselves.
  • Do not post entries. Only entries received via email will be accepted.
  • Each poem must be no longer than 24 lines. All poems must be based around the theme of ‘Christmas’.
  • Poems must be original, unpublished, not have received an award in another competition, and not be under consideration elsewhere from the time of entry in the awards until the official announcement of the winners.
  • To ensure anonymity no writers names to appear on MS. The winner may be invited to read their winning poem at the launch of the 2015 Community Christmas Lights Display at the Rockingham Foreshore, Saturday 5 December 2015.
  • Employees of the City of Rockingham and their family members are ineligible to enter.
  • The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Any attempt to lobby judges or City of Rockingham employees, or influence decisions, may result in disqualification.
  • Entries close 2 November 2015, and winners will be contacted by phone or email prior to public announcement.

The 1st prize winning entry will be published on an A3 poster which will be displayed throughout Rockingham during the festive period, as well as the City of Rockingham webpage.

1st PRIZE:         $200 + 2 copies of the Christmas Poster

For more information, visit the website.

Tom Collins Poetry Prize

The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is an annual competition inaugurated by FAWWA in 1975 in memory of Australian author Joseph Furphy (1843 – 1912) who wrote the classic ‘Such is Life’ under the pseudonym Tom Collins.

Opening Date: September 1st 2015
Closing Date: December 15th 2015 (Entries must be postmarked by this date to be accepted.)
Winners Announced: February 2016
Number of Lines: Maximum 60 lines per poem.
Prizes: First $1000, Second $400, 4 x Highly Commended $150, 4 x Commended (recognition only)
Entry Fee: $10 for one poem, $15 for two poems and $20 for three poems (maximum of three poems per author). Payable by Cheque or Money Order (made out to FAWWA), by EFT or by Visa or MasterCard

1. All work must be previously unpublished. Work broadcast, or published in an online journal, are classified as published.
2. The Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) reserves the right to publish the winning, second place and highly commended entries on its website and in its publications. Results will be published in FAWWA publications.
3. Non-award-winning manuscripts are destroyed after the competition and will not be returned. Ensure you keep a copy.
4. A pen name must be used and CHANGED for each poem. The real name of the author must not appear on the manuscript.
5. Each poem must have a cover page with only the following information; Competition, Title of Poem, Pen Name.
6. A COMPLETED entry form must be enclosed. Ensure all sections are filled out and the entry form is signed. Sending of cash is at competitor’s own risk.
7. The judge’s decision is final. Competitors must not communicate with the judge before or during the competition. All unsuccessful entries will be shredded after the competition
8. If a Judge’s Report is required, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your entry or provide your email address on the entry form.
9. Send entries to: Competition Secretary, Entry for TCPP, PO Box 6180 Swanbourne WA 6910

Note: It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure entries comply with all the terms and conditions of entry. If any entry is excluded due to non-compliance of these terms and conditions, the competitor will not be notified nor will the entry fee be refunded.
Ph: 08 9384 4771 FAWWA, PO Box 6180, Swanbourne WA 6910

Tom Collins House in Swanbourne, Western Australia, once the residence of Joseph Furphy, is now the headquarters of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA branch, Western Australia’s state-wide network for writers since 1938.
Please go to website for the entry form.

Write Your Own Sonnet Competition

This competition to Write Your Own Sonnet is a commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, organised by the Shakespeare Club of Western Australia.

Write Your Own Sonnet is open to secondary students and adults.
We invite all poets, amateur and professional, experienced or first-timers, to exercise their imaginations in a 14-line poem in the Shakespearean pattern.
Writers may choose any theme with a Western Australian link.
Your sonnet can be comic, serious, satirical, romantic or what you will.

Prizes will be awarded in both categories. First: $300; second: $200; third: $100.

All information relating to competition rules and guidelines is available at the link below.


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Westerly ‘Word Matters’

Westerly is now launching ‘Word Matters’, a project looking to play with the economy of writing. Three poems have been commissioned from two brilliant emerging young writers, SJ Finch and Siobhan Hodge, exploring ideas of value and recompense. Two-line excerpts from these poems will be printed on limited edition business cards and spread across the country. They will be popping up in cafes, bookshops and libraries – starting in Perth. You will find the full works in the next issue, coming out November.

This project is a response to the ways in which we value the arts in our country. It was developed in reaction to the cuts we have seen, but seeks also to challenge us to reflect on the situation underlying them. You will come across these cards in a whole range of places across Perth, sent out with every copy of Westerly, and popping up in random places in other cities and towns. The cards offer poetry as a currency, point to the work of writing, and question ideas of value in the sense that they both represent the contribution to culture offered by our publication and play with that normally associated with ‘business’.

Here then are the three-fold meanings behind the name ‘Word Matters’: we are looking at word matters—these questions surrounding the arts in our economy; we are making clear that to us, word does matter, that it is valuable in infinitely complex ways; and finally, we are playing with word as matter, with material objects in trade.

From the 9th to the 13th of November, Steven Finch will bring our project to its culmination, in running a poem shop ‘The Poesy Merchant’ from a secret location in North Perth. Here, shoppers will be able to ‘buy’ poems with poems—Steven will be offering a trade of poetry for lines of his own writing. You can visit to be involved in the hard-copy exchange, or ‘purchase’ a poem online at

We want Word Matters to draw attention to the value of the written word as an art form. We want to make a statement about the cuts literature has suffered, and encourage people to consider what of worth might be lost. And we ask that you get involved. The project will be taking over our Twitter stream (@WesterlyMag) with the hashtags #westerlywordmatters and #thepoesymerchant. Reply, respond, or follow us to see how far we can spread the word…

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Canning River Ginko 2015 (haiku walk)

Saturday 10th October 10.30 am to approx 1.30 pm

Canning River Eco Education Centre

Samphire Room Corner of Kent St and Queens Park Rd, Wilson (walking distance from Albany Highway)

BYO lunch, drinks, paper and pens or enjoy lunch at the Canning River Cafe

Cost: donation toward cost of venue hire

Please RSVP by email or on Facebook

2015 Perth Poetry Festival

POETCOLOUR w logosA four-day celebration of spoken word centred on the Northbridge Piazza Community Centre and other local venues featuring poetry readings, workshops, discussion sessions, poetry slam, etc., with guest poets: Angelina Bong (Malaysia), Mark Reid (NSW),  Pierre Van Osselaer (Vic) and WA poets Peter Jeffrey, Laura Stocker, Rose van Son, Chuckie and Alexis Lateef.


To download a one page program outline click here

For Guest Festival Poets biographies click here

For the full Festival Program click here    To book WAPI Festival events click here

For Workshop information click here    To book workshop places click here