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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

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    Poetry Object 2019

    Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people, with over $10,000 in prizes to be won.
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    Poetry Object 2018

    Red Room Poetry Object is a free poetry-writing competition inviting students and their teachers to submit poems inspired by special objects.
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    Poetry Object 2017

    Red Room Poetry Object is a national poetry writing competition inviting young writers and their teachers to submit poems about their special objects.
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    Poetry Object 2016

    Red Room Poetry Object is a poetry writing competition inviting young writers and their teachers from across Australia and New Zealand to submit poems about 'talismanic' objects that are special to them.
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    Poetry Object 2015

    Red Room Poetry Object is a free poetry-writing competition for students in Years 3-10. The project invites young writers and their teachers to submit poems inspired by objects that are special to them.
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    Poetry Object 2014

    Red Room Poetry Object is a free poetry-writing competition for students in Years 3-10. Created by The Red Room Company, the project invites young writers and their teachers to submit poems about objects that are special to them. Red Room Poetry Obj…
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    Poetry Object 2013

    The Poetry Object is now closed for 2013. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who took part. For information about participating in the project in 2014, please contact The Red Room Companys Education Manager Toni Murphy at education@redroomco…
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    Poetry Object 2011

    In 2011, The Red Room Company piloted The Poetry Object, an exciting new poetry writing project for Years 3-10 students attending NSW Public Schools in the Sydney Region.

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