Monday 2 June 2014

12th Ipswich International Poetry Writing Competition - Deadline 1 August 2014 at 5:00PM

An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete for over $7,500 in prizes. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community, this competition attracts local, interstate and global entries.

2014 Competition:

Closing Date:Friday 1 August 2014 at 5:00PM

Conditions of Entry

All entries must be received by 5:00pm on Friday 1 August 2014. No late entries will be accepted.

Each entry must be the entrant's/author's original work. Should an entry be found to contain any plagiarised content it will be automatically disqualified from the competition, along with any additional work by that poet.
Each entry must be submitted in the English language, not previously published or having won a prize in any literary competition at the time of entry. For the purpose of this competition the following definition of "published" will apply: intentionally distributed to the public in any format "accepted for publication or broadcast in any format including self-publishing for monetary gain".

There is no word limit.

Poems may be on any subject and may be entered in more than one category.

In the Open Bush Poetry Category the following definition applies: Australian Bush Poetry with good rhyme and meter which is written about Australia, its people, places, things and way of life.

No name or other identifying material should appear on the poem. Poems will be judged anonymously.
In the Open Local Poets Category the following condition of entry applies: Entrants must live, work or attend school within the boundaries of Ipswich City Council.
Only permanent residents of Queensland with email access, entering Open Age categories, are eligible to apply for the mentorship prize. See the mentorship prize page for further details.
$5 fee per entry payable to Ipswich City Council for Open Age categories. Free entry in all categories under 18 years of age.
Open age international entrants must submit entries via the online entry form, using PayPal facility for the entry fee. International cheques will not be accepted.

For Printed Entries:
One entry form per poem attached with paper clip (not stapled).

Entries to be typed or computer printed with double line spacing on one side of A4 white paper. All pages must be numbered and fastened by paper clip (not stapled). No entries may be submitted by facsimile or computer disk.

Entrant to supply two copies of poem when submitting entry.

Submissions will not be returned. It is the responsibility of the writer to keep a copy.

For Open Age Online Entries:
Payments to be made via PayPal at the time of submission of entry.

Judging and Notification:
Judges' decisions are final.

Judges reserve the right to transfer poems between categories in the Open Bush and Open Other section where deemed appropriate.

Winners will be contacted prior to the Awards Presentation event proposed for 24 October 2014. Winners will be announced, first prize winning poems (or an excerpt of these poems) will be professionally read, and prizes presented (where possible), at this event. Prizes will be mailed if winner cannot attend in person.

The committee reserves the right to publish or broadcast, without fee to the author, in part or in whole, award winning or commended entries and photographs on the web site, in an anthology and/or in media publications or broadcasts. Copyright remains with the author thereafter. No payment or reward will be made to the entrant for any such publication.

The committee also reserves the right to give entrants' contact details to the media, if among the winners.

Results will be published following the Awards Presentation, and will be posted shortly thereafter on the Ipswich Poetry Feast web site at

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