Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize


Awarded for a poem of no more than 50 lines, this biennial award is named in honour of a much-loved member of the Society of Women Writers Victoria. Kathryn conducted poetry workshops in her home for members, who greatly benefited from her expertise and mentoring.

After her death, the Society set up the Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize in her honour. It is open to SWW members in all branches and female non-members. Entries must be written by women, and unpublished, original work, not concurrently entered in another competition, and not previously in receipt of an award.

Contact Name
Suzanne Benson, Receiving Officer
Paying Market
Submission Information
• Up to 50 lines per poem • Presentation: size 12 font • Each entry to be attached to separate entry form (keep copies of all work submitted) • Number of entries limited to three per person • Submissions via email to [email protected] • Entry fees accepted online or via bank transfer • Full information and entry forms at website.
Closing 4 June 2021
Per entry – $10 (SWW members)/$15 (non-members) or 3 entries $20 (SWW members)/$30 (non-members)