Bush Poetry Competition

Information for Attendees

Time: 7:00pm Friday 15 March 2019

Venue: CRC Plaza Theatre, Bolton Street

Information for Competitors

This competition is for spoken word verse about Australia or the Australian way of life. The poems should have good rhyme and metre.

Performances recited from memory will be well regarded over reading from notes. Previous winning poems are not permitted to be repeated. Paid performers at this Festival are not eligible to enter.

Each poet will nominate 2 poems to perform, one serious and one humorous. A brief introduction from the poet is allowed.

It is requested that poems are to be word processed (typed). A copy of each poem is to be given to the Master of Ceremonies on the night to assist the judges to make their best decision. Oral delivery of the poem is an important aspect. Copyright remains with the author.

The Jim Angel Memorial Award is presented for the Best Performance of an Original Poem. The award recipient receives a certificate, a trophy and their name on the Jim Angel Memorial Award perpetual trophy on display at Narrandera Visitor’s Centre. There will also be awards presented for the best overall performer and runner-up.

The results will be announced at end of the evening.


John O'brien 2011 (299 of 470)

Jim Angel Award winner 2011


To enter, please use the form to the right, or download and complete the PDF form below:

Bush Poetry Competition Form 2019

Closing Date: Monday 11 March 2019 – Late entries only accepted if places are available

Entry Fee: $10

Please send applications to: 9 Paynters Siding Rd Narrandera 2700

Email: info@johnobrien.org.au


Bush Poetry Competition Entry Form

You can also enter the Bush Poetry Competition by filling in our online form below.
  • Conditions

    Judges decisions will be final. No further correspondence will be entered into. Monetary prizes are awarded to first place and runner-up in the competition.
    If I am a winning entrant, I give permission for my poetry to be published in the local media and on Narrandera's John O'Brien Festival website. I have read the conditions on this page and agree to abide by them.
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    Bendigo Bank
    Name: John O'Brien Bush Festival
    BSB: 633 000
    ACC: 163311616
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