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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!

How it works

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 or Facebook.

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). One winner will be selected and contacted each day. One weekly poem will also be selected to feature in our newsletter.

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!

How to enter

  • Create a Tweet or drop a comment on our daily Facebook post using the #30in30 hashtag before 3pm AEST the next day (Remember: the clock starts ticking again on the new day's prompt at 3pm AEST each day, so make sure you get in within 24 hours).
  • A daily winner will be selected by Red Room Poetry staff, who will get in touch with you via Twitter or Facebook to arrange postage (only within Australia)
  • 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.
  • You must have a postage address within Australia to enter, as unfortunately we cannot post overseas.
  • Please note that that submissions will not be accepted via email or on social media platforms other than Facebook and Twitter.

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.