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A maze of tar splitting the page,
Like the imperfections of wrinkles under your eyes.

~ from 'Mapping Love' by Joe, Year 10,
First Place (Secondary), Poetry Object 2018


The following prizes are awarded for Poetry Object 2019:

  • First Place 
  • Rex Prize for regional and remote schools 
  • Highly Commended 
  • People’s Choice
  • Multimedia Installation



The 2019 Poetry Object judge is award-winning poet Emilie Zoey Baker. Read Emilie's writing tips in our learning resource.



Students and teachers who submit to the competition can call themselves published poets. All competition entries are published in our digital library, home to over 15,000 Poetry Object poems to date! 


Digital Exhibition: Animation

First place Poetry Object poems have been featured in animations, which were screened online and in cinemas!

Watch our short animations of 2018 and 2017 winning poems.



First Place (primary, secondary, teacher)

  • VIP tours of our museum and gallery partners
  • Poem publication and subscription to PK Mag / SpineOut / Good Reading 
  • Magazine prize pack: Kookie / Voiceworks
  • Poems to Share II
  • Books 
  • Judging commendations


Rex Prizes (primary, secondary, teacher)

We’ve teamed up with Regional Express Airlines (Rex) to deliver special prizes for regional and remote school communities located within 1 hour of airports serviced by Rex. Prizes include:

  • Rex flights and merchandise 
  • Poem publication in the Rex inflight magazine True Blue
  • Books 
  • Judging commendations

Find out if your school is near a Rex airport.


Highly Commended (primary, secondary, teacher)

  • Books 
  • Judging commendations 


People’s Choice 

Selected by popular vote from shortlisted poems, this prize includes special Red Room Poetry gifts.


Multimedia Installation

  • Books 
  • Magazine prize pack: Kookie
  • Judging commendations


Prizes are made possible with support from our partners and collaborators: 
Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Copyright Agency, Regional Express Airlines, Art Gallery NSW, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, National Gallery Australia, National Museum Australia, Good Reading, Express Media, Kookie, Walker Books, Vagabond Press, University of QLD Press, and Recent Work Press (with Ampersand Duck).

Partners and Supporters