The University of Southern Queensland’s Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize was established by Dawe 22 years ago following his long tenure as a lecturer with the University.
It attracts entries from new and established poets, each keen to top the prestigious competition and write their way to $3,000 in prize money.
Meanwhile, the University’s Get Songwriting Prize heads into its fourth year of offering musical opportunities to harmonious high schoolers.
The competition calls on Year 9-12 students to compose a song for a chance to win $1700 worth of prizes including music equipment for their school.
Students are encouraged to focus on the mechanics of a song (lyrics, melody, chords, rhythm and form) and are supported by University of Southern Queensland Contemporary Music academic Mark Scholtes.
The 2020 winner was 17-year-old singer-songwriter and producer Macy Mather from Ballarat, who performs under the name Macy Rose.
The closing date for both the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize and Get Songwriting Prize is June 4 2021.
Bruce Dawe by Sven Roehrs.