Presentation Ceremony 2019

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On the 6th September 2019, the winners of the 2019 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards will be presented with their prizes.

Congratulations to the students who captivated the judges with their imagination and creativity. We were lucky to be joined by special guest speaker Gabrielle Chan and judges Kat Apel and Meredith Costain.

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards wishes to thank all the teachers, students and parents who submitted poetry this year, as well as the sponsors, special guests and VIP's who make this whole competition possible.

We look forward to seeing next year's entries!

The 2019 anthology is available to pre-order now. This year, we will be offering a digital version to reduce paper wastage. Orders are expected to be sent in October-November.

Presentation Ceremony 2018

On the 31st August 2018, in a little town called Gunnedah, the winners of the 2018 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards were presented with their prestigious prizes.

We were lucky to have Adele Scully (Lower Primary Winner), Subai Ma (Upper Primary Winner), Amy Kwak (Assisted Learning Primary Winner), Kate Brenner (Junior Secondary Winner), Lily Rout (Assisted Learning Secondary Winner), Hope Job (David Maher Award Winner) and Cherrybrook Public School representative Bronwen Loveday (Primary Schools' Winner) in attendance. Other special guests included our Primary Schools' Judge Catherine Batseson, Secondary Schools' Judge James Roy, Patron Susan Duncan and special guest speaker James Knight.

It was a wonderful day! Congratulations again to the winning students who captivated the judges with their imagination and creativity. See our News section for some more coverage of the day!

Also worth mentioning are the wonderful students who received a Commended, Highly-Commended or Shortlisted poem, and as James Roy (Secondary Schools' Judge) said at the Presentation, "all these poems could have easily won. It was a tough decision." Our Project Officer, Brittany, has put together a document containing a list of the poems, as well as what the judges said about each one.

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards wishes to thank all the teachers, students and parents who submitted poetry this year, as well as the sponsors, special guests and VIP's who make this whole competition possible.

We look forward to seeing next year's entries!

The 2018 anthology is available to pre-order now, with orders expecting to be shipped in October-November. See order form here.

 

Presentation Ceremony 2016

Pictured above: 2016 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards winners and judges: Faye Chang, Elvice Ikuo, Sophie Masson, Steven Whiteside, Sarah Jaeger, Claire Chua - Esha Jabbal and Manni Doar in front row.

Photography by Paul Matthews

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The National Presentation Ceremony is held in Gunnedah, north-west NSW. 

The ceremony features performances by the professional artists, guest speakers on the subject of the set annual optional theme and live poetry recitals by the winners on stage.

Each of the winners receives a cash prize, a selection of books and a unique trophy, also part of the prize is travel and accommodation (from the nearest capital city) to attend the ceremony for all individual category winners with an accompanying adult.

Runners up receive a cash prize and a selection of books at ceremonies organised at their schools.

Highly Commended and Commended entries are recognised with a certificate accompanied by a cover letter with details of their poem title and judges’ commentary.

 


Every student entering the competition will receive a Participation Certificate.


National Presentation Ceremony booklet featuring winning and runner up entries in a designer format, reports and commentary will be presented to all winners at the ceremony as well as sent to every participating school.