Student Poetry Competition 2021: Entries now closed

Calling young poets. We’re inviting you to enter our Student Poetry Competition 2021, to express yourself in poetry in all its myriad forms.


You can choose your own theme or explore our optional theme of ‘Joy’.


In 2020, we felt that ‘Hope’ seemed the appropriate theme, and we saw how it resonated with young poets. Now, more than 12 months since the start of COVID-19, we feel it is time to embrace ‘Joy’.


We like to think of poetry as ‘the art of doing by means of words what the painter does by means of colour’ (Thomas Macaulay). We want you to be painters in words, to see what other people see every day in a new way. Any poem in any form that works is magic.


The competition is presented by Independent Schools Victoria, as part of its Arts Learning Festival program. It’s open to all Victorian students, regardless of school.


Prizes will be awarded to winners by a panel of expert judges and winning poems will be published online.


Want to get the poetic juices going? You can read an article about poetry and the theme of Joy by ISV’s Diane Bourke.


What are the age categories?
  • Foundation–Year 2
  • Years 3–4
  • Years 5–6
  • Years 7–8
  • Years 9–10
  • Years 11–12
What is the maximum length?

60 lines

What is the deadline for entries?

Friday 28 May 2021.

How can I enter?

Entries are now closed. Winners will be announced early Term 3.

Any questions?

Contact us at, or you can call ISV on (03) 9825 7200.