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In the valley, the currawongs leave for kunanyi,
After sheltering in the creek for winter,
They’re ready for the cliffs again.

~ Hannah, Year 10, Kingston High School (TAS)

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Every poem helps plant a tree

“I don't really care if I win, I just want a tree to be planted.”

~ Ginger, Year 3, Chewton Primary School (VIC)

POEM FOREST is a free nature writing prize that breathes life back into the natural world that sustains us.

In 2023, the POEM FOREST started growing on Dharawal Country in the Wollongong LGA, in partnership with Wollongong City Council. With more than 6,400 entries, each of these poems from students across the continent has contributed to growing a forest of poems for future generations.

Discover POEM FOREST 2023

Shortlist and Winners Announcement

Partners and supporters

Proudly supported by John B. Fairfax AO, Principal Patron of POEM FOREST and other generous partners.

  • Create NSW

  • Wollongong City Council & Botanic Garden Wollongong

  • Oranges & Sardines Foundation

  • Graeme Wood Foundation

  • Adès Family Foundation

  • Australian Botanic Garden

  • Pantera Press Foundation

  • Magabala Books

  • Wonderground Journal

  • Corban & Blair

  • Craig & Joy Lawn