Enter the 2021

Woorilla Poetry Prize Competition

Key Dates

Entry Fees

Open Section

$15 per poem entry 


Youth Section

4 poems for free (12-18 years) – additional entries $5 per poem


Youth Sub - Category CALD 

4 poems for free (12-18 years) – additional entries $5 per poem 


(For culturally and linguistically diverse youth entrants who have spoken English for 5 years or less)

Key Dates

Open on the 3rd July 2021 and

Close on the 5th September 2021.


Awards Ceremony

28th November 2021 – 2:00pm


The Awards Ceremony will be a hybrid event available online and in person in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges on the 28th November 2021 at 2:00pm.


Competition Opens | 3rd July 2021

Competitions Closes | 5th September 2021

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Terms and Conditions of Entry

Woorilla Poetry Prize 2021 - Entry Terms and Conditions 

The Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association (EDRA) is proud to work in collaboration with Woorilla Poetry Prize. Entries open at 12:00am Saturday 3rd July 2021 and close at 11:59pm on Sunday 5th September 2021. Late entries will not be accepted.

The competition is open to anyone, including overseas applicants.

Categories and relevant fees per poem are:

‘Judith Rodriguez’ Open Section - $15 each 

‘Louise Rockne’ Youth Section (ages 12-18) - FREE entry first 4 poems, $5 per additional poem

Participants in the 12 - 18 year old age group are eligible to compete in the Woorilla Youth Section at no cost for 4 separate entries. Additional entries are charged at $5 per poem

If desired, Youth entrants are also eligible to submit pieces for the Woorilla Open Section at Open Section entry rates

Youth entrants who have spoken English for 5 years or less, are also eligible to enter the CALD sub-category for no additional fee – Youth Section conditions apply

Prizes are:

Judith Rodriguez Open Section - $1,500 (Winner) & $250 (Runner Up)

Louise Rockne Youth Section - $200 (Winner) & $50 (Runner Up)

Youth CALD sub-category $200 (Winner) & $50 Runner Up)

Awarded Prizes:

Prizes will be awarded at a special event starting at 2pm in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria as well as streamed online. All entrants are cordially invited to the Awards Event.

Entry Conditions:

  • Participants in the 12 - 18 year old age group are eligible to compete in the Woorilla Youth Section at no cost for 4 separate entries. Additional entries are charged at $5 per poem
  • If desired, Youth entrants are also eligible to submit pieces for the Woorilla Open Section at Open Section entry rates
  • Youth entrants who have spoken English for 5 years or less, are also eligible to enter the CALD sub-category for no additional fee – Youth Section conditions apply
  • Poems should be composed in English and may be up to 50 lines per poem.
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
  • Entries must not have been previously published or broadcast (print or electronic, including social media), or a prize winner in any other competition.
  • If the judges have read part or all of your entry prior to making your submission you cannot submit that poem.
  • Fees will not be refunded under any circumstances
  • Submissions will not be returned
  • No corrections or changes will be accepted once entries are submitted, however, you may resubmit a corrected poem. Normal fees will apply.
  • Members of the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association are eligible to enter the Woorilla Poetry Prize.
  • Copyright remains the domain of respective entrants. However organisers retain the right to publish prize-winning pieces on the Woorilla website and/or as a commemorative hard-copy compilation featuring respective award winners.
  • Woorilla organisers reserve the right to withhold awarding prizes in any given year in the event of insufficient entries, or due to lack of acceptable literary standards.
  • Adjudication of Woorilla Poetry Prize Judge(s) is final, and no correspondence will be entered into, following each annual poetry prize event.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries each poet may submit, providing the appropriate entry fee is paid for each poem submitted.
  • Entries may be submitted in hard-copy format or lodged electronically
  • Hard-copy entries should be printed as single-sided individual copies.
  • While typewritten / printed copies are preferred, legible hand written entries are acceptable.
  • Typed entries must be double-spaced and using a standard 12 point font such as Times New Roman or Arial
  • Hard copy entries may be posted to Woorilla Poetry Prize, C/O Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association P.O. Box 251, Emerald 3782.

Judging Process

  • As all entries are subject to a blind judging process, the applicant’s name nor any identifying matter must not appear anywhere on the poem​
  • Judges decision are final and not subject to review


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

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