Castlemaine Junior Poetry Prize closes today

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Entries for the 2020 Castlemaine Junior Poetry Prize close today Friday September 18 at 5pm.
Entries for the Senior Section (poets 16 and over) closed on September 4.
Elliott Midland Newspapers is proudly sponsoring the 2020 Castlemaine Poetry Prize which carries a first prize of $100 (Senior section) and an award. 
The ‘Judge’s Choice Award’ is proudly supported by Soldier and Scholar Bookshop Castlemaine and the winner will receive an award and a $50 book voucher.
In the Junior Section there will be three categories and prizes on offer. The sections are Grade 2 and Under, Grade 6 and Under and Year 10 and Under. There will also be awards for Highly Commended and Commended Poems.
Mount Alexander Shire Council is sponsoring the three junior prizes with the winner of each section to receive a trophy and $50 book voucher.
Selected entries, including the winning poems, will be published in the Castlemaine Mail.
The poem must not have been published or have won another prize, a strict maximum of 40 lines applies and all entries should be double spaced. Poets can choose any theme. There is no entry fee but only three entries from each poet are permitted.
Contact details, including a phone number must be enclosed but preferably not on the same page as the poem.
Castlemaine poets Tegan Gigante and Annie Hunter have generously agreed to once again judge this year’s Senior and Junior competitions.
Junior entries can be submitted via email to or dropped off under the door of our office at 29 Templeton Street, Castlemaine, VIC 3450. 
The awards will be presented to our winners at ceremonies to be held in October. Stay tuned for details.

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.