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“Tensions are escalating”. “Mow the grass down.”
Stretch past pain to find poetry, the way home.

~ Omar Sakr from 'Context in a Broken Duplex'

“Tensions are escalating”. “Mow the grass down.”
Stretch past pain to find poetry, the way home.
~ Omar Sakr from 'Context in a Broken Duplex'

30in30 daily poetry commissions

Every day across Poetry Month, 30in30 delivers new original text/video poems, poet reflections and writing prompts from some of the country’s leading poets, authors, spoken word artists and playwrights.

30in30 is the centrepiece of the inaugural Poetry Month and features commissions from our Poetry Ambassadors, our Red Room Poetry Fellow, Ellen van Neerven, the City of Sydney Poets in Residence, collaborative poems from Fair Trade and more.

Keep an eye on our socials during August to read the best of new poetry, write your own and win daily prizes!

#30in30 daily poetry competition

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

Every day across Poetry Month a new writing prompt will be released from one of our 30in30 commissioned artists. Enter your work via Twitter using the hashtag #30in30 or via Facebook in the comments of each day's post before 3pm each day across August 2021.

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.

How it works

Each day at 3pm starting August 1, a new writing prompt will be released from one of our 30in30 artists. To see the daily prompt follow us on Twitter or on Facebook and check out the prompt via the 30in30 web page here.

You’ll have 24 hours to compose a poetic response comprising no more than 3 lines (which can be an excerpt from a longer poem), and enter using the #30in30 hashtag on Twitter, or in the comments on the daily Facebook post before 3pm AEST the following day, when we’ll publish a new prompt and the clock starts ticking again.

A daily winner will be selected by Red Room Poetry staff, who will get in touch with you via Twitter direct message or in Facebook comments to arrange postage. We will also select a weekly poem to feature in our eNews!

Finally, and best of all, 3 poets from across the month will be selected to receive editorial mentorship from Red Room Poetry staff on your work and paid publication of their 30in30 poem!

Please note that we won’t accept submissions via email or on other social media platforms.

Want to see what else is on during Poetry Month? Our Calendar is your one-stop-shop for all things happening in August, from our signature initiatives to community-led events.

Partners and Supporters

Poetry Month is proudly supported by the Oranges & Sardines Foundation and other generous partners.