Poets welcomed to enter local competition

WRITERS and poets from all over the local region are being urged to put their pen to paper and enter their best work into an annual poetry competition.

Entries for the 2018 Adelaide Plains Poets poetry competition are now open, with a total prize pool of $700 up for grabs.

The competition, which has run every year since 2005, is open to both adults and school-aged children.

Competition secretary Carolyn Cordon said last year the competition had over 100 entries, and the group hopes this year’s theme, ‘truth’, can extract even more participants.

“We have a different theme every year, so I’d encourage people to write about that theme and how it speaks to them, personally,” she said.

“You can work anything into poetry.

“Take that theme and run with it.”

Mrs Cordon said seeing what kind of poems come through the junior entry list are something she particularly looks forward to seeing.

“It really excites me to see some of the poetry that’s written by children,” she said.

“I’m really interested in the way students interpret poetry because they come along with very fresh, new ideas and perspectives.”

Mrs Cordon said she urges community members interested in entering the competition to get in early.

“The winners are going to be announced on the final day of the Adelaide Plains Festival of Words on July 29,” she said.

“We’d love to have the winning entrant at the P/A Hotel in Gawler (on the final day of the festival) to receive their prize.”

Poetry competition entries close on July 6.

For more information, contact Carolyn Cordon (0418 806 490).


Tom Staggard


Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.