writhing Rainbow Serpent
emerald eucalypts, opal skies
It holds the stories of sorrow and hope
that Aunty told me

~ Lily from 'Friendship Holder' Year 8, Reddam House (NSW)

From its conception in 2011 until 2020, Red Room Poetry Object was Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people and their teachers. It aimed to spark creativity by inviting poems about treasured, curious, everyday, extraordinary, interplanetary, or talismanic objects.

In 2020 we opened a new space for poets to shape the worlds around them. From the memory of galactic stones to sneakers that glow in the dark, the satellites of mobile phones and comets of things past – a first tooth, a red ballet shoe, fake vampire fangs, a stamp collection holding secret light – we looked for poets and poems that voice the hidden histories of special objects that we keep close through the orbit of our lives.

Red Room Poetry partnered in Australia with Copyright Agency to launch a reimagined Poetry Object in 2020 and beyond. This same year, we also ran a standalone Poetry Object New Zealand competition.

2020 Winners Announcement Ceremony

In 2021, we are excited to offer POEM FOREST, a new free nature-inspired competition for students and communities, with every poem submitted helping to plant a tree.

Partners and Supporters

  • Create NSW