The C.J. Dennis Poetry Festival

Keeping the memory and works of C.J. Dennis alive

The Toolangi C.J. Dennis Poetry Festival & Poetry Competition

Hosted by The Singing Gardens
in conjunction with the C.J. Dennis Society

The Singing Gardens in conjunction with the C.J. Dennis Society is proud to announce the 2021 Toolangi C.J. Dennis Poetry Competition is now OPEN!

As per previous years there will be prizes awarded for first, second and third in each of the categories as well as the prestigious Marian Mayne Prize, for the winner of the Adult Open section.  The categories for student entries have been reconfigured to make each group peer competitive. As a result what was previously categorised as primary and secondary school student categories are now: School Students: Preps up to and including Grade 4; School Students: Grade 5 up to and including Year 8; and School Students: Year 9 up to and including Year 12. Prize money has also been increased slightly for each of these categories.

The Marian Mayne Prize is a gorgeous perpetual trophy which will remain at The Singing Gardens not only continuing to promote the competition but also the memory of Marian Mayne herself, whose generous bequest provided the trophy itself as well as ongoing prize money.

The Poetry Competition is NOW OPEN and the closing date for entries is 30th August 2021.

Click below to download the 2021 Entry Form. Note: Please ensure you read the Rules thoroughly as some changes have been made and entries will be accepted via email for the first time! Please make note of the correct email address to send entries to.

2021 CJ Dennis Poetry Competition Entry Form – FINAL