Another competition and festival has wrapped up for 2021. Due to Covid we couldn’t have our festival in person again however, we did have a fantastic time getting together via Zoom and celebrating the competition and all of our winners online. A hearty congratulations to everyone for participating and for our winners a double congratulations.
Jim Brown has kindly edited the Zoom festival down to approximately 1 hour for you to view and the link is below if you would like to see what we got up to on the day but weren’t able to join us at the time.
2021 The Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Festival – Zoom
All anthologies, prizes and certificates went flying out the door a week or so after the Zoom festival. This year’s winners also received a special gift, proudly donated by Bolin Publishing, an audio CD of “A book for kids” by CJ Dennis of course!
The 2021 competition and festival was largely made possibly by the generous financial grant from the Australian English Speaking Union and I think we impressed them with the amount of talent and passion our competition raises when it comes to poetry and short story writing.
Whilst 2021 had its challenges it also provided opportunities we could not have imagined before Covid hit the world stage. The competition accepted email entries for the first time and this proved very popular and will be continued going forward. The use of Zoom to give all of our competition winners and other entrants interested an opportunity to present their poems online from wherever they were. We even had people joining in from the park and their cars! Just goes to show it takes a lot to dampen the enthusiasm of the CJ Dennis supporter! We also changed the way we divided the Primary and Secondary School entries to ensure a more even peer competition into the following groups: Students Preps to Year 4; Students Years 5 to 8; and Students Years 9 to 12. A complete list of our winners is below.
A special thanks is owed to everyone behind the scenes and especially the judges who worked tirelessly to bring you the brightest and best of the entries. As always a very difficult task.
Keep and eye out for more CJ Dennis Poetry Competition information in 2022 and we sincerely hope you will all enter again.
The CJ Dennis Society Inc.
2021 THE TOOLANGI CJ DENNIS POETRY COMPETITION
Category 1: Open Poetry (the Marian Mayne Award)
David Campbell, First Prize, The Last Goodbye
Shelley Hansen, Second Prize, The Barber of Peak Hill
Peter O’Shaughnessy, Third Prize, It Wasn’t a Triantiwontigongolope
Gwen Pascoe, Highly Commended, The P.M.
Peter White, Highly Commended, Who’s Got Dementia?
Category 2: Open Short Story
Jim Kent, First Prize, Are We There Yet?
Gwen Pascoe, Second Prize, The Man With the Daffodil
Shelley Hansen, Third Prize, The Axe-Man’s Apprentice
Gwen Pascoe, Honourable Mention, TheWink
Jasmine Craig, Honourable Mention, The Maiden in the Rainbow
Category 3: Poems Written by Adults for Children
Caroline Toohey, First Prize, Choosing Socks
Rebecca M Newman, Second Prize, Magpie Season
Jenny Erlanger, Third Prize, Easter Thief
Peter White, Highly Commended, The Grundys’ Undies
Susan Hancy, Highly Commended, I’d Love to Be
Shelley Hansen, Highly Commended, Willie Wagtail
Category 3: Poems Written by Adults for Children as Judged by the
Poonindie Community Learning Centre
Rebecca M Newman, First Prize, Magpie Season
Caroline Toohey, Second Prize, Choosing Socks
Di Scotte, Third Prize, Playmates for Pedro
Category 4: Students – Preps to Year 4
Clem Chapman, First Prize, A Bird Song
Rafe Wiggins, Second Prize, The Crab Song (Snip Snap)
Waratsaya Hartog, Third Prize, The Cutest Dog (Rosie)
Willow Walsh, Special Mention, Yellow
Category 5: Students – Years 5 to 8
Natalie Barr, First Prize, Little Mary-Jane and her Bike
Jerome Shaw, Second Prize, The Bearded Dragon
William Gong, Third Prize, Bushland
Taesha Korsten, Honourable Mention, A Light at the End of the Tunnel
Category 6: Students – Years 9 to 12
Kuhu Sharma, First Prize, Tame the Fire
Kuhu Sharma, Second Prize, Sunny Days
Noah Tasker, Third Prize, Soli-tied
Oshadha Perera, Honourable Mention, Radiance