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Before the fire of money
burned my happiness.
from 'The Autograph Book' by Conor, Year 6 

Congratulations to the 2554 students and their dedicated teachers who created and shared poems about their special talismanic objects. Over 130 schools across Australia and New Zealand participated in the 2014 competition, and the quality of poetry has been an inspiration to us all. 

Poetry Object Winners announced!
Our judge, Scott-Patrick Mitchell was overwhelmed by the wisdom, insight and maturity of the poetry and his task of choosing the winners was certainly a challenge! After months of anticipation, the winners and highly commended poets were announced at the launch of the Poetry Object exhibition at Liverpool City Library.

Discover the winners and Scott-Patrick's judging notes here
View the Poetry Object shortlist

What is it? 
Red Room Poetry Object is a free national poetry-writing competition for students in Years 3-10. Created by The Red Room Company, the project invites young writers and their teachers to submit poems about objects that are special to them. In 2014 we are proud to announce ABC RN as our Principal Media Partner. Visit the Poetry Object Library to discover student and teacher poems.

How to be involved?
Red Room Poetry Object 2014 is now closed. The competition will reopen for registration in May 2015. In the meantime, take a look explore the Poetry Object Library and free learning resources

Red Room Poetry Object provides students with creative opportunities to compose and publish their own poetry for authentic audiences. All submitted poems are published on The Red Room Company’s website. All Highly Commended poems will be recorded by the RN for broadcast on-air on a special edition of Poetica and online on the RN website.  

Red Room Poetry Object 2014 entries were judged by Scott-Patrick Mitchell, winner of the PressPress Chapbook Award (2009) winner of the Perth Poetry Slam (2010) and editor of Performance Poets, Freemantle Press (2013).

An exhibition of commended poems will be displayed at Liverpool Library in Western Sydney until February 2015.

Student recognition
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.


Contact / Workshops
For more information about Red Room Company poetry workshops contact:
Red Room Poetry Education Manager, phone 02 9319 5090 or email