Welcome to the
 Woorilla Poetry Prize

'Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry' 

Muriel Rukeyser

Be part of a highly recognised poetry competition that has assisted 

poets for over 30 years.

Enjoy the opportunity to have your work published in the 

 Woorilla Poetry Collection of Poems

Competition Opens |  July 2022

Competition Closes | September 2022


Awards Ceremony - Hybrid Event: 

November 2022

 Competition Dates


2nd Place


1st Prize

Youth Sub - Category CALD 

(For Culturally and Linguistically Diverse)


2nd Place


1st Prize

Louise Rockne Youth Section


2nd Place


1st Prize

Judith Rodriguez Open Section

Prizes - Based on 2021

2021 Judges

Emilie Zoey Baker

Nathan Curnow

Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning Australian poet, educator, slam nerd and spoken-word performer who has toured North America, Europe and Asia as a guest of international festivals such as Montréal’s Festival Voix d’Amériques, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali (2010, 13/14/15) and Ottawa’s VERSEfest Among many successes she is the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival’s poetry slam Slam!

Review, a regular performer at arts and literature festivals, she has appeared at the Sydney Opera House and TEDx Melbourne as well as co-producing and appearing in events such as Elemental: Poetry at the Planetarium for Melbourne’s International Arts Festival. Emilie is co-coordinator of Liner Notes, an annual literary cabaret celebrating a classic album, during the Melbourne Writers Festival. She has toured Indonesia with the renowned Woman Of Letters storytelling series, performing in Jakarta and Jogjakarta as well as at the People Of Letters in NYC.

She has had visits in schools and universities all over the world and was the first ever Australian poet to be core Faculty at Canada’s Banff centre for the annual spoken word program.

Nathan Curnow is a poet, performer and past editor of Going Down Swinging. His work has featured widely in Australia and overseas for over twenty years, leading to a tour of Europe in 2018 where he opened the Heidelberg Literary Days Festival in Germany. 

His books include The Ghost Poetry Project, RADAR, The Right Wrong Notes and The Apocalypse Awards. He has taught creative writing at Federation University and has won numerous prizes including the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, the Woorilla Poetry Prize, and in 2020, the Martha Richardson Poetry Prize.

He lives in Ballarat and is honoured to continue his association with the Woorilla.   

Woorilla Poetry Prize is a not for profit poetry competition run by volunteers who are passionate individuals, that believe in the power of poetry and supporting existing, up and coming and especially young emerging poets. Any assistance you can give will help grow and sustain this annual competition


Interested in becoming a 2022 Sponor or Partner? Email info@woorilla.org.au

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2021 Sponsors

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2021 Partners

Supported by the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association 

Woorilla Poetory Prize

Phone | 03 59684291

Email | info@woorilla.org.au

Mailing Address

C/O Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association 

P.O. Box 251, Emerald 3782.

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