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How can you make something from nothing?
A palace from a stone?
A body from a bone?

from 'The Trunk' by Katerina, Year 10, Meriden 


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What is Red Room Poetry Object?

Red Room Poetry Object is a poetry writing competition inviting young writers and their teachers from across Australia and New Zealand to submit poems about 'talismanic' objects that are special to them. Red Room Poetry Object is open to students in grades 3-10 and their teachers. In 2015, Red Room Poetry Object linked over 160 school communities and published 2560 student and teacher poems.

Red Room is committed to providing creative opportunities for students to compose and publish their own poetry for authentic audiences. All student and teacher poems submitted to Red Room Poetry Object are published on The Red Room Company’s website. See the 2015 poems here... »

How to Submit Poetry

Prizes and Awards

Certificates of Achievement are awarded to all participants. Prizes are awarded for Best Student Poem (Primary), Best Student Poem (Secondary), Best Teacher Poem, and Best School Installation.

Red Room Poetry Object Exhibition

All commissioned and winning poems will be exhibited at Big Fat Smile Gallery in Wollongong.

Exhibition opening: Saturday November 12 2016.

Poetry Object on Sydney Trains

Excerpts from winning and commended poems will be exhibited on posters in Sydney's trains, as part of a new Red Room poetic arts project that gives voice to young writers by publishing poetry in unexpected places.

Creative Learning Resources

A new creative learning resource has been developed for Red Room Poetry Object 2016 to create deep scaffolding for learning and to further deepen the potential for significant creative experience, meaning making and the execution of high quality works by students and their teachers.

Red Room Poetic and Creative Learning works with students, teachers and communities to deepen their engagement with poetry by nurturing creative practice through inspired, critical and imaginative investigation. Our learning programs provide immersive environments where practicing poets guide students through unique writing processes to unlock unusual ways of seeing, interpreting and responding. The Red Room is committed to publishing these outcomes and providing a platform for young poets to share their work in the public domain.

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Commissioned Poets

Red Room commissions 6 Australian contemporary poets to compose poems in response to their own significant talismanic objects. These new works are integrated into the creative learning resources and explored in workshops as entry points to conceptual understandings and creative practice.

Ellen Van Nerveen (QLD)
Adam Pettet (QLD) 
Caitlin Maling (WA/NSW) 
Mathew Heffernan (NT) 
Chloe Wilson (VIC)
Kathryn Hummel (SA)

The competition will be judged by celebrated poet, Jill Jones.



View the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended »