Tasmanian Poetry Festival



Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2013

Take part in the Poetry Cup

Check out the  Australian Poetry Slam and pencil in the heats for next year.

BE There!


Sheffield 28-29 September

Launceston 4-6 October

This year featuring (click on the link)

Andy White, Lisa Jacobson, Michael Sharkey, Aidan Coleman, Anne Kellas, Sandy Homes, Darkwing Dubs (Scott Sneddon), MC Lady Lazarus (Eleanor Jackson), DJ Thoughtfox (Doubting Thomas)

For more information

Contact the Festival



SCI-KU – can you?


SCI-KU & Science Poetry Competition

Here’s something to cross-fertilize disciplines and explore the filmy line between science and art/literature!

More About Haiku & SCI-KU

Submit your own Sci-ku poems with a statistics or maths theme.

  •  primary,
  • secondary
  • open category

For National Science Week annual celebration of science

How to Enter – On-line entry & Rules

This competition is an initiative of RiAus


  •  a new prize for Science Poetry – for over 18 years – explores scientific understandings and achievements. Science includes the natural and physical sciences, the applied sciences, the newly emerging and interdisciplinary fields and mathematics.

Saturday August 10 to Sunday August 18

Great Big Science Read Book Recommendations

Science Daily

Discover Science

The Inaugural Stella Prize

The Stella Prize 2013 Winner is  Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

Announced Tuesday 16 April

Click on the cover image to find out more about the book and explore the site to find out more about The Stella Prize.

"Mateship with Birds, is a triumph of noticing and, having noticed, of carefully, meticulously assembling the things that have been noticed into a novel"

“Mateship with Birds, is a triumph of noticing and, having noticed, of carefully, meticulously assembling the things that have been noticed into a novel”

The Stella Prize is a major new literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing. It is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and celebrates women’s contribution to Australian literature. The Stella Prize rewards one writer with a significant monetary prize of $50,000.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

‘The Waterhouse’

Artist use skills in their chosen media to interpret the natural world and contribute to the great environmental debates facing our planet

Artists use skills in their chosen media to interpret the natural world and contribute to the great environmental debates facing our planet

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Open to all aged 16 – 25

Explore ‘The Waterhouse’ site and see the rules & conditions as well as key dates

Beautiful galleries of past entries

  • awarded by the South Australian Museum Foundation Incorporated
  • the subject for “The Waterhouse” is natural science, which for the purpose of the competition deals with our natural world and the sciences associated with it. For example; biology, geology, astronomy, chemistry and physics. It also includes natural history.
  • Overall winner $50,000 (acquisitive)

  • Category winners $12,000

  • Youth Art Prize Winner $5,000

  • Peoples Choice Award $5,000

  • Dr. Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize $5,000 

Harmony Day Stories, Awards & Opportunities


 ‘Many Stories – One Australia’

Harmony Day 2013

Register events, resources for school , Harmony Day Apps

RED Cross initiatives

Y Challenge – Celebrating Diversity

  • Y Challenge supports  young people between 8 and 17 years
  • based in teamwork
  • driven by young people
  • delivering what a community wants.
  •  depends on the Y Challenge team and the community it interacts with.
  • Samples of last years winners

SBS Initiative

Day and this year’s theme: Many stories—One Australia, SBS are giving
all Australians the opportunity to share their story.

Create a video, take a photo or share your written personal journey. Everyone
has a story to tell, so share yours today!

  • There are two
    fantastic prize packs up for grabs:
  • First prize: A Canon EOS 110D SLR Camera Twin Lens Kit
    complete with memory card, tripod and case plus SBS’ A Day in the Life
    photographic book.
  • Second prize: An Apple iPad 4 with Retina Display 32GB WiFi
    + Cellular plus SBS’ A Day in the Life photographic book.

For more information,
visit www.sbs.com.au/harmonystories

Write a Book in a Day : Eden’s Curse shortlisted.

Congratulations Everyone!

Eden’s Curse Shortlisted : Look out for Nov. 1st when winners will be announced.

WA’s  Jo-ann Whalley judged the VIC, Qld, SA, TAS, NT Best Book shortlist Upper School Category

Winning ARTISTS will also be announced on November 1st.

What a great effort for all the teams, and Mr. Grubert.

If you want to read Eden’ s Curse here it is  on the Team 4 link, while you’re there take a look at the other books

I Became A Billionaire Writing Competition – 10 – 13 year olds

Writing Competition for 10 – 13 year olds.

Richard Newsome’s award winning Billionaire series.
Gerald Wilkins (13 years) inherits 20 billion pounds.
That’s when the trouble starts…

Write an imaginative story of up to 500 words about what would happen if you inherited billions of dollars,

and you could win a huge prize for your school and your own bookshelf.

 The winner and runner-up will also receive books 1 to 4 in the Billionaire series,

and author Richard Newsome will read the stories out on the internet!

Entries Close Friday 9th November.

For more details Text Publishing or contact kcreeley@lcgs.tas.edu.au for an entry form.

CBCA Book Week Shortlisted Book Covers – Older Readers 2012

Bill Condon Website

Tristan Bancks

Ursula Drombosarsky

Scot Gardner

Andre McGahan

Robert Newton

Ishmael and the hoops of steel / Michael Gerard Bauer.


2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

2012 winners announced!

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister Simon Crean announced the winners of the six 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards at the National Library of Australia.

Fiction – Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears
Poetry – Intesrferon Psalm by Luke Davies
Non-fiction – An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna
Prize for Australian History – The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage
Young adult fiction – When We Were Two by Robert Newton
Children’s fiction – Goodnight, Mice! By Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson






Prize for Australian History

Young adult fiction

Children’s fiction