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Last updated 01/12/2014

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Generally you can submit the same entry to different competitions at the same time - but if your entry places in one then you should inform the organisers of the other competitions. It is then up to them whether your entry is disqualified or not.

Allow for time to post and double-check closing dates, particularly if the organiser is in another time zone

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

Broken Ski Award
Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize
Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize
Stringybark Short Story Award
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize

THROUGH THE YEAR

Cut a Long Story Short
Closing Date: Quarterly: end Jan, end Apr, end Jul and end Oct
Open to: New writers (Authors earning above $25,000 or equivalent in the preceding 12 months will NOT be eligible
Theme: Themes may be specified so check website (NOT stories for children)
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prize: Placed entries will be published on Kindle and offered on Amazon within 2 weeks of the results being published. Monetary prizes will be dependant on number of entries

Needle in the Hay
Closing Date:
Weekly and Monthly competitions - see website
Open to: Per entry details

Theme: Per entry details

Accepts: Per entry details

Size: Per entry details
Entry Fee: Per entry details

Prize
:
Per entry details

Spinetinglers Monthly Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
15th of each Month
Open to: All

Theme: Dark fiction

Accepts: Short Story

Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First: £100 and publication in annual Anthology, Second: £50 and possible publication, Third, Fourth & Fifth: £25 and possible publication

DECEMBER 2014

The 2015 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
Closing Date:
05/12/2014
Open to:
All current secondary school students attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
Accepts: Novella
Size: 6,000 - 10,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes
: National winner: $2,650 and a full editorial report from Penguin Group (Australia), State Winners: Unspecified cash prize and personalised advice from Penguin Group (Australia)

Hal Porter Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
12/12/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $6
Prize
: $1,000

International Junior Authors Poetry Contest
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date:
15/12/2014
Theme: None
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CATEGORY 1
Open to:
Aged 18 - 21
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil ($10 CAD for feedback optional)
Prizes
: First:  published on website, a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published  by Laura Michelle Thomas, a certificate of achievement, Second to fourth: mentioned on website, $10 CAD Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, Fifth to eighth: a certificate of achievement and mention on website.
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CATEGORY 2
Open to:
Aged 15 - 17
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil ($10 CAD for feedback optional)
Prizes
: First:  published on website, a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published  by Laura Michelle Thomas, a certificate of achievement, Second to fourth: mentioned on website, $10 CAD Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, Fifth to eighth: a certificate of achievement and mention on website.
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CATEGORY 3
Open to:
Aged 12 - 14
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil ($10 CAD for feedback optional)
Prizes
: First:  published on website, a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published  by Laura Michelle Thomas, a certificate of achievement, Second to fourth: mentioned on website, $10 CAD Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, Fifth to eighth: a certificate of achievement and mention on website.
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CATEGORY 4
Open to:
Aged 9 - 11
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil ($10 CAD for feedback optional)
Prizes
: First:  published on website, a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published  by Laura Michelle Thomas, a certificate of achievement, Second to fourth: mentioned on website, $10 CAD Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement, Fifth to eighth: a certificate of achievement and mention on website

Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
15/12/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 75 lines
Entry Fee: $22 ($15 for ABR subscribers)
Prizes
: First: $5,000, Shortlisted entries: $500


Tethered by Letters Fall Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/12/2014
Open to: All
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 10
Prizes
: First: $US 250 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication

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Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 55, 250 or 500 words
Entry Fee: $US 4 or 3 for $US 10
Prizes
: First: $US 50 & publication, 3 x finalists: consideration for publication

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Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 5 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 100 & publication, 3 x finalists: consideration for publication

 

Tom Collins Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
15/12/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for two, $20 for three
Prizes
: First: $1,000 , Second: $400, 4 x Highly Commended: $150 , 4 x Commended:  certificate

The 2015 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
19/12/2014
Open to:
All current secondary school students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents  attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Junior Secondary - Years 7 to 9
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature festival
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Accepts:
Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature festival

The Joanne Burns Micro-lit Award
Closing Date: 21/12/2014
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, and over 18
Theme: Disclocation
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee: $7
Prize
: $300

Nature Writing Prize - Biennial
Closing Date: 24/12/2014
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, and over 18
Theme: Setting of an Australian landscape
Accepts: Essay
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $40
Prize
: $5,000

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2014
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prizes
: First: €10,000, Runners-up x 3: €1,000 - Winners published in the spring 2015 issue of The Moth.

Griffin Award
Closing Date:
31/12/2014
Open to: Citizen or permanent resident of Australia who has not won or been shortlisted for another Australian playwriting competition
Theme: None
Accepts: Play
Size: 60 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $10,000, Runners-up x 4: $1,000

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Send entries to The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote, Victoria, 3523

Closing Date:  
31/12/2014
Open to: All
Theme:
Contain the word: TRAVEL
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Accepts: Short Story
Size:  100 words
Entry Fee: $1.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive words
 
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Accepts: Poetry
Size:  10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.20 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive words

Reader's Digest 100-Word Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/12/2014
Open to: Residents of Australia aged 18 or over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size: Exactly 100 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $1,000, Runners-up x 2: $250

JANUARY 2015

NEW LISTING
Stringy Short Story Award
Closing Date: 18/01/2015
Theme: Link to Australia

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 - 7,000 words
Entry Fee: $30, $20 for ABR subscribers, subsequent essays for $20
Prizes
: First: $375 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (other than the 2015 Stringybark Short Story Award book) (Value $407), Second: $175 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (other than the 2015 Stringybark Short Story Award book) (Value $207), Third: $75 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (2015 Stringybark Short Story Award book) (Value $107), Highly commended: possible publication + e-book (Value approximately $141)

Calibre Prize 2015
Closing Date: 19/01/2015
Theme: None

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Non-fiction essay
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $9.95, $18,90 for two, $27 for three
Prizes
: $5,000 and publication

Summer Holidays Writing Competition
Closing Date: 26/01/2015
Theme: None

Open to:
Students Kidergarten to Grade 12 (per 2014 school year)
Accepts:
Short story or poetry
Size: Sotry: 500 words, Poetry: 16 lines and 64 characters in width
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First: $500 & Write4fun Giftpack, Second: $250 & Write4fun Giftpack, Third: $150 & Write4fun Giftpack,

Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 24/01/2015
Theme: Climate

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Open to: Poets 18 years and older
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
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Open to: Primary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
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Open to: Secondary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate

State Library of Queensland - Indigenous Writing Fellowship
Closing Date:
30/01/2015
Open to:
Writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 60,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
Young Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 40,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Minimum 30 poems
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
Children's book (no illustrations at entry stage)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
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Prizes
: Two winners will each receive: $10,000, manuscript development with black&write!'s Indigenous editors at SLQ, publication by prestigious Indigenous publisher Magabala Books

Carnival of Flowers One-Act Playwriting Competition
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
One-Act play
Size: 30 - 45 minutes production, 10 minute bump in/out (Check other staging requirements)
Entry Fee: $30
Prizes
: First: $2,000 and certificate, Second: $1,200 and certificate, Third: $800 and certificate

E J Brady Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts:
"Gabo Prize" Very Short Story
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee: $8 (add $2 if posted)
Prize
: $500
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Accepts:
"Mallacoota Prize" Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $300, Encouragement award: $100

Eyre Writers Literary Awards
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: Australian Citizens
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Theme:
Set to an Australian Rural or Maritime Theme
Accepts: Typical Australia: The Land and Sea: Prose, Fact or Fiction, Essay or Memoir|

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prize
: $200 plus trophy
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Theme: None
Accepts: Tom Black Memorial Prize: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $200 plus trophy
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Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prize
: $200 plus trophy
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Theme: None
Accepts: Non-rhyming Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
$5
Prize
: $200 plus trophy

Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: $500

The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to:
Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger, Australian Citizen or permanent residents of Australia

Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000, publication and offered a place as Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for a period of up to three months.

FEBRUARY 2015

NEW LISTING
Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize
Closing Date:
13/02/2015
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $35

Prizes
: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000

NEW LISTING
Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
13/02/2015
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $22

Prizes
: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000

EAGLEHAWK Dahlia and Arts Festival Inc. Literary Competition
Closing Date:
14/02/2015
Open to: All
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Theme: None
Accepts:
"The Rolf Boldrewood": Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50
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Theme: None
Accepts:
"The Apollo": Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50
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Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
"The Alan Llewellyn": Bush Verse
Size: 52 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $50

Laura Literary Awards - The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 20/02/2015
Theme:
None
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
8 - 12 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 7 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

Laura Literary Awards - The Flinders News Prose Awards
Closing Date: 20/02/2015
Theme:
None
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
8 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 7 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

The John O'Brien Literary Awards
Closing Date:
27/02/2015
Open to:
Anyone in Australia over the age of 18 years
Theme:
100 years of ANZAC
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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200

MARCH 2015

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: Biograpical
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

The Young Adas
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: aged between 15 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate
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Accepts: Graphic Short Story
Size:
Four A4 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate

The 2015 Tabor Adelaide Creative Writing Awards
Closing Date: 06/03/2015
Open to: Australian citizens residing in Australia and aged 16 and over
Theme: Hope against Hope
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Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Commendations (at Judges' discretion)
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 42 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Commendations (at Judges' discretion)

British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play

Size:
One Act, running time 10 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: £15
Prize
: First: 10 plays selected: Given a full performance at The Courtyard Theatre, London - developed by professional directors - performed by professional actors - given written assessments by theatre professionals - considered for publication by Lazy Bee Scripts - filmed in rehearsal or performance, Audience favourite: £250
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The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: €1,000

W Y Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2015
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $8.50 for first entry ($5.00 each entry thereafter)
Prizes
: First: $500 , Second: $100, Commendation: Certificates

APRIL 2015

Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/04/2015
Open to: Over 16 years old
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £8
Prizes
: First: £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s Gift Card, Second: £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s Gift Card, Third: £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s Gift Card. Shortlisted x 17: £100.

MAY 2015

NEW LISTING
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
29/05/2015
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines and no more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $15 per poem if submitted by 3101/2015. $20 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $10
Prizes
: First: $15,000, Second: $5,000

JUNE 2015

The Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
01/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $400,Second: $100, 2 x Highly Commended: $50

 

NEW LISTING
Broken Ski Award
Closing Date: 02/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Not mentioned but check website
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Accepts: Open poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned
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Accepts: Junior High School - 12 to 18 - poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned
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Accepts: Junior Primary School - under 12 - poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned