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30 chances to win a daily book prize with 3 lines!

Running 1-31 August, we'll be releasing a new daily writing prompt created by one of our 30in30 commissioned artists. To view the daily prompt, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

You’ll have 24 hours to compose a poetic response comprising of no more than three lines (this can be an excerpt from a longer poem). Winners will be announced daily selected by Red Room Poetry staff and volunteers for each day of the month, and each will receive a poetry collection from this year's #30in30 project partner, Readings.

Finally, and best of all, three lucky poets from across the month will receive editorial feedback from Red Room Poetry staff and paid publication of their #30in30 poem on our website - as well as an excerpt from each winning poem being made into a poetry poster bill to be displayed at Readings Carlton store.

How to enter

  • Every day at 10am, a new prompt is posted on our social media channels. Comment on the post or thread before 10am AEST the next day to be in the running. Remember: the clock starts ticking again on the new day's prompt at 10am AEST each day, so make sure you get in within 24 hours!
  • Your poetic response must be no more than three lines (of any length) to be considered. This can be a 3-line poem, or an excerpt of a longer piece.
  • Winners will be announced daily, and contacted via DM or in the comments to arrange postage of your poetry book prize provided by Readings. You must have a postage address within Australia to enter.
  • Each writer can submit once per day across the month. You're welcome to enter the competition on as many days as you like for the chance to win a book of contemporary poetry daily.


  • Who is judging the entries? Red Room Poetry staff and volunteers are reading and selecting the winning works. We are all poets of different stripes, tastes and histories.
  • What are you looking for? This competition is very much about encouraging you to be playful and experiment with your practice! There's no set criteria we're looking for in what makes a winning poem, but we love to see when people are having fun or tilting us sideways with their responses to the prompts.
  • Can I take part if I don't live in Australia? We'd love for you to draw creatively from the prompts - but unfortunately you do need to have a postal address within Australia to enter.
  • What if my poem is longer than 3 lines? Love that for you! It's our hope that these prompts inspire many poems to sail out into the world. You can choose your favourite 3-line excerpt from your work and submit that to be part of the competition.

2022 Winners

Looking for some inspiration? Check out the incredible poems penned by our 3 overall winners last year:

#30in30 Writing Prompts

Now that Poetry Month has come to a close, why not take a look at all of the wonderful #30in30 daily writing prompts we commissioned this August.

Presented in partnership with

  • Readings