Northern Poets

NORTH Queensland school students are showing their talents as writers of fine poetry. Several students have won awards in national poetry writing Competitions. All Souls St Gabriels School student Scott Alford was the overall first place winner in the secondary section of the Little Swaggies written competition of the Waltzing Matilda Bush Poetry Awards at Winton.

Scott, a Years student, received a Little Swaggie trophy and 1,250 for his school for his bush ballad Brad's Big Fish.

Awards co-ordinator Louise Dean from Winton said the competition encouraged School students to attempt the art of putting stories into poetry format using the bush poetry style of rhyme and rhythm. This year more than 500 entries were received from both primary and secondary students from many states of Australia.

Scott's poem is the story of his older brother Tim and his mate Brad on a fishing trip.

However, Scott was not the only winning student from All Souls St Gabriels. The school had a clean sweep in the secondary section with fellow Year 8 students Courtney Myles gaining second place and Travis Cook third.

Another poetry prize winner was Year 6 student Ben Fryer from Annandale State School. Ben was a third place winner in the Calling All Poets Write4Fun 2005 Poetry competition.

Published: 05/07/2007

Source: Townsville Bulletin

Poetry Success

BUDDING poet Tiana De Zoit has kicked off a writing career with the publication of her first poem. Seven-year-old Tiana, who is in Year 2 at Brandon State School, was a third place winner in a nationwide poetry competition for her poem "I Love the Beach". Over 9500 entries were received for the ‘Write4Fun’ competition. Tiana and the other winners were all published in a book called "Simply Poetry". The De Zoit family donated a copy of the book to the Brandon school library. Tiana also won first place on the 7-years and under poetry section at the recent Burdekin District Junior Eisteddfod. 

I Love the Beach By Tiana De Zoit, Grade 2 Brandon State School 

At the beach it’s so much fun 
When I'm in the water and when I run.
At the beach you run and jump waves 
And you can go in the water caves. 
I like it when I find fish scales and shells 
And butterflies and sloppy water wells. 

Published: 27/09/2006

Source: The Advocate

Droplets Reign for Rosie

GLEN IRIS student Rosie Byth is only 13 and already a published poet. Rosie, in Year 8 at Strathcona in Canterbury, was the runner-up in the Write4Fun national poetry competition, with her poem Diamond Droplets judged among the best of 10,000 entries. Rosie saw her work in print for the first time last week in the 2006 edition of Simply Poetry, compiling all the winning poems.

Strathcona's head of English, Simone Boland, said the school was thrilled with Rosie's success. “External writing competitions are popular and rewarding experiences for students as they improve writing ability and educate them beyond the boundaries of the classroom," Ms Boland Said. 

“It also allows Students to experience success through winning prizes and to see their work in a professional publication." The competition was established in 1998 by not-for-profit organisation Write4Fun, which also runs a national short story competition for students. 

Published: 12/09/2006

Source: Progress Leader

Write On, Kate

Alstonville Public School year five student Kate Aslin was awarded third place in the Write4Fun 2005 Honoured Writers Competition tor her poem The Fight. Kate was invited to enter the competition being one of the top 15 per cent of entrants from previous competitions.  Kate’s poem was chosen from over 2500 others. The Fight will be published in an upcoming anthology Honoured Writers of 2005.

Good on you Kate. Keep on writing.

Published: 03/11/2005

Source: The Northern Rivers Echo

Write4Fun was established in 1997, and since then we have successfully completed numerous short story and poetry competitions and publications. We receive an overwhelming positive feedback each year from the teachers, parents and students who have involvement in these competitions and publications, and we will continue to strive to attain this level of excellence with each competition we hold.