2019 Conditons of Entry coming soon!



  • ‘Award Categories and Prizes’ and ‘How to Enter’ form part of the Conditions of Entry.
  • Only students enrolled in Australian education facilities are eligible to enter.
  • Entries are accepted from 1 March to 30 June.
  • School entry fee (please register for a lesser fee if the estimated number is not known):
    • Online Entries:
    • $25 (incl. GST) up to 30 entries submitted
    • $50 (incl. GST) over 30 – unlimited entries submitted
    • Postal Entries:
    • $35 (incl. GST) up to 30 POSTAL entries submitted
    • $60 (incl. GST) over 30– unlimited POSTAL entries submitted 
  • Individual entry fee (i.e. home-schooled or school is not participating):
    • Online Entries:
    • $15 (incl. GST) up to 3 entries submitted
    • Postal Entries:
    • $25 (incl. GST) up to 3 POSTAL entries submitted 
  • Invoice will be emailed upon registration (within 2 weeks), printed out entry form is also a valid invoice.
  • Payment methods:
    • bank transfer with reference to invoice number/school/student to Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. Bank details will be in the invoice sent to the email address listed in the online registration. Contact project officer for inquiries.
    • cheque to Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, PO Box 113 Gunnedah NSW 2380.
  • All poems must be the student’s own work (any excerpts from or rewording of another poem must be appropriately referenced).
  • Class and group poems are accepted.
  • Poems on any subject are accepted, annual theme is optional.
  • Limits: up to 3 poems per student; poems no longer than 80 lines; no illustrations, graphics or decorations submitted.
  • Poems that have been previously entered in the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are eligible to be entered again, as long as the poem has not previously won a prize. Poems that are currently entered in other competitions are also eligible to be entered. 
  • Fax, email or entries posted without a completed entry form will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winners are announced at the National Presentation ceremony.
  • Entrants may be asked to assist in media publicity in the form of comments and/or photographs.
  • Submitted material will not be returned, only selected records are kept.
  • Copyright remains with the author, however, the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society Inc. reserves the right to have any entry published, reproduced or publicised for promotion purposes.


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