Deadline extended for student poets

The deadline for the Roland Leach Poetry prize, open to students in Year 3-12 has been extended to 5pm, September 12.

NO matter where you are in WA, you can enter – whether it’s Yanchep, Gingin, Kalbarri, Esperance, Moora, Broome or Armadale and all points in between, the Roland Leach Poetry Prize is open across the state.

The biennial City of Nedlands competition, now in its seventh year, aims to recognise and reward outstanding original works of poetry written by children and young adults throughout Western Australia.

Winners will receive book vouchers, a trophy and certificate with the Roland Leach Poetry prize presented to the poet with the most outstanding entry.

Categories cover middle primary, upper primary, lower secondary and upper secondary school with prizes awarded for each one.

Roland Leach is an award-winning West Australian poet with four collections –  Shorelines: Three Poets, Drowning Ophelia, Darwin’s Pistols and other poems and My Father’s Pigs.

He has won numerous awards, including the 1995 Newcastle Poetry Prize, 1998 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize and two Tom Collins Prizes – and his poem My Great Aunt appeared in The Best Australian Poems 2012.

Entry forms and details are available at

An award presentation will be held later in the year at the Mt Claremont Community Centre.