2017 Presentation Ceremony

Winners and runners-up for the 2017 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards were announced at our National Presentation Ceremony.   The Ceremony, which was held at the Civic Theatre, Gunnedah on Friday the 1st of September, was attended by students from all over Australia. The much-anticipated eve...


One week until 2017 Poetry Awards Closes

Students around Australia are sharpening their pencils for the last week of the 2017 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards.   Entries for the 2017 Awards are accepted until the 30th of June, and Project Officer Ruth Macaulay is expecting a surge of last minute entries in the final week.   ...


Poetry Workshops in Schools

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards Project Officer Ruth Macaulay has been busy writing and conducting Poetry Writing Workshops in schools around Gunnedah. The workshops are aimed at engaging kids with poetry and literature through word games, movement games and writing prompts. They are a great ...


Gunnedah's Collective Carnival Day

The town of Gunnedah celebrated a fantastic Collective Carnival Day last Saturday the 18th of March.   The day was filled with live music and performances, children's activities, market stalls and creative workshops. Volunteers from the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society had a great time c...


2017 Poetry Awards E-launch

The 2017 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are officially open!   This year we decided to E-launch our competition with a promotional video, which can be viewed HERE, designed to reach more people and better adverstise our exciting competition. The competition runs from March 1 until June...


MY COUNTRY’ - Australia’s first literary work & first female writer recognised by UNESCO

Media release       8 February 2017 MY COUNTRY’ - Australia’s first literary work & first female writer recognised by UNESCO Celebrated poet Dorothea Mackellar will become the first Australian woman writer to be honoured by UNESCO when the only known manuscript copy of her famous poem ‘My C...


New Project Officer at Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Ruth Macaulay joins Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards as the new Project Officer. Ruth Macaulay joins the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society as project officer | Video Vanessa Höhnke 1 Feb 2017, 11 a.m.   GUNNEDAH GIRL: Ruth Macaulay has returned home and is the new project officer f...


2016 National Presentation

Winners Announced at National Presentation Ceremony. Budding young poets from all over the nation attended the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards National Presentation ceremony in Gunnedah NSW, celebrating the best of modern creative writing in Australian schools. Over 11,766 entries from you...


Our New Website

Our New Website The Awards organisers are pleased to present the ‘new look’ website. Enjoy improved and easy access to information on a variety of projects and topics.    


The New Mackellar Centre

The Mackellar Centre The Mackellar Centre is an exciting new development currently underway. The facility will incorporate the Awards’ headquarters, exhibition and resources space and a home for a well-known collection of watercolours by Jean Isherwood. Read more.      


Multicultural Award Cancelled

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are sorry to annouce that due to unforseen circumstances, the Multicultural NSW Award has been removed from the 2019 competition. We wholeheartedly empathise with the students that entered this award every year and hope that it will be reinstated in 2020. ...