You hold the sea when the sea cannot be held
What is anything else in the world when your light shines
A diffracted oasis against the wall?
~ from 'Sea Glass' by Kimberley, Darwin High School, NT

What is Red Room Poetry Object?

Red Room Poetry Object is a poetry writing competition inviting young writers and their teachers to submit poems about special and curious objects. The competition is open to students in Years 3-10 and teachers from Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, Poetry Object linked over 172 school communities and published over 3000 student and teacher poems. Explore Winning and Highly Commended Poems »

Poems will be judged by celebrated poet, essayist and writing teacher Mark Tredinnick. Find out what makes a winning poem » 

Poetry Object will close for submissions on Friday 22 September 2017.

Certificates of Achievement are awarded to all participants, with special prizes awarded for Winning Student Poem (Primary), Winning Student Poem (Secondary), Winning Teacher Poem, and Winning School Installation. Discover the prizes for Poetry Object 2017 here »

How to Get Involved

Poetic Learning Resources

In collaboration with the National Museum of Australia, Good Reading Magazine and teachers across the country, we have created a new learning resource for Poetry Object 2017. With a focus on exploring the inner worlds of special objects, our learning resource can be used in the classroom to guide students and teachers as they uncover the magic behind their Poetry Objects. We are excited to release the new learning resource with the launch of Poetry Object in 17 April 2017.

Explore our Creative Learning Resources 

Commissioned Poets 

Our 2017 creative learning resource will feature commissioned poems from emerging and established poets across Australia. These imaginative works will introduce young writers and teachers to the limitless possibilities of language as they dive into the worlds of their special objects.

Evelyn Araluen Corr (NSW)
Joel McKerrow (VIC)
Anna Jacobson (QLD)
Jeremy Balius (WA)
Cameron Hindrum (TAS)
Manal Younus (SA)

Contact Us

To book a workshop or to find out more about Poetry Object email or phone 02 9519 5090.