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You must be an Australian writer living in Australia to enter the Shadow catchers public call-out competition.



Phone: (+61 2) 9319 5090


Terms and Conditions

  1. Poets must be available 29 Wednesday, April 2020, 6-7 pm to perform their poem live at the Art Gallery of NSW
  2. Poets will be paid a commission and performance fee up to $400 and additional commission of poems (maximum 3 to be discussed with winner) + travel and accommodation if interstate
  3. Poems must not be longer than 50 lines in length (including title), must not be previously published (online or in print), and must be the original writing of the entrant
  4. Entries must be submitted via email
  5. Poems must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers
  6. Poems that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible
  7. Entrants must be ages 18 and over
  8. Competition opens Saturday 22 February and closes 20 March 2020 at 5pm


How to apply

  • Email your poem to with your poem title in the subject line 
  • Please be sure to name your file i.e. "SURNAME_POEM TITLE"
  • Attach your poem as a Word.doc or .docx, formatted in point 12, Garamond font (no pdfs or image files)
  • Include your full name, address and contact number in the body of the email


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