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Pen to paper for poetry and music competitions

One year on from the passing of Australian literary icon Bruce Dawe AO, the poetry prize named in his honour is once again open for submissions.

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.