A maze of tar splitting the page,
Like the imperfections of wrinkles under your eyes.
~ from ‘Mapping Love’ by Joe, First Place (Secondary), Poetry Object 2018
Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people, with over $10,000 in prizes to be won! Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers (Years 3-10) and their teachers to create poems inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objects.
Since 2011, Poetry Object has encouraged creative literacy and community connection across Australasia. Every year we engage 3000+ students and teachers, and we have published over 15,000 poems to date.
Poetry Object in 2019
Our 2019 commissioned poets are Stuart Barnes, Claire G Coleman, Arielle Cottingham, Pola Fanous, Eleanor Jackson, Benjamin Laird, Jacqui Malins and Zech Soakai. Each poet shares their own special object and insights into their writing process to kindle student and teacher imaginations.
This year's judge is award-winning poet Emilie Zoey Baker.
Our partners include Art Gallery NSW, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, New Zealand National Poetry Day and Regional Express Airlines.
Poetry Object key dates
Submissions open: Thursday 18 April
Submissions close: Friday 27 September (5pm AEST)
Shortlist announced: October
Winners announced: November-December
Get started with Poetry Object
- Register your school for Poetry Object 2019
- Explore our learning resources and our digital Poetry Object library of submitted poems
- Write and edit your poems
- Submit to Poetry Object via the link sent in your registration confirmation email
- Submit to the Poetry Object Multimedia category (optional)
- Spread the word! Share this page with colleagues, or put up these posters around your school
- Book a Poetic Learning Workshop with a poet. See below for dates (recommended)
Poetic Learning Workshops
Extend your students' learning: Poetry Object poets are available to present poetic learning workshops in classrooms and special locations, and via digital networks, across Australia and New Zealand.
Choose to secure your school's spot by registering your interest in one of the following workshops. Or create your own experience – bring a poet directly to your classroom on a date that suits you.
- 6 June: #LitFest2444, Port Macquarie
- 28 June: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney > See the photos
- July – August: Art Gallery NSW, Sydney (multiple dates available)
- 9, 12 August: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
- August: National Museum of Australia, Canberra (multiple dates available)
- 19 – 23 August: On-site at participating schools, Auckland, NZ National Poetry Day
- 27 August, 3 September: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
- 30 August, 6 September: Videoconference workshops (accessible from any location)
For workshop and booking information, email Poetry Object producer, Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Development for teachers
PoemsYou’re , Forever, Flag , Ode to a Wooden Spoon , “MYINTERLUDE” , The Candle , Psychometric Researches , To my tent , A Streetcar Named Diaspora
Poems to Share II
Inspired by original poems from Poetry Object, Poems to Share II is an EPAA-shortlisted interactive classroom resource designed to enliven poetic learning through language, literature and literacy, created in partnership with AATE.
- Conditions of entry & FAQ
- Prizes and judging information
- Explore past winning poems
- Read Poetry Object poems by professional poets
- Browse the library of over 15,000 Poetry Object submissions
- Student and teacher poems published in Poems to Share II
- Poetry Object in past years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011