The 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. Kathryn conducted poetry workshops in her home for members, who greatly benefited from her expertise and mentoring.

Kathryn Purnell was born in Canada and lived in France, England, Scotland, Egypt, Indonesia and Africa. When she married an Australian she moved permanently to Melbourne. Kathryn continued her education at the University of Melbourne and became a creative writing tutor. Her poetry and prose was published in many magazines and broadcast on ABC radio. She was an editor in the Luna collective and won many awards for her work.

After her death, the Society set up the Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize in her honour. It is open to SWW members in all branches.

The 2015 Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize was won by Judith Green.

The 2017 winners are listed here.

THE 2019 COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN:

The Society of Women Writers Victoria Inc.
Reg. No. A0039632B
Kathryn Purnell Poetry Award 2019
Open to members of The Society of Women Writers in all states.
Prizes:  First  $200   2nd $125    3rd $75
CLOSING DATE 10th June 2019

Conditions of Entry:
Size: Limit of 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: Poems limited to three [3] per person
Fees: Per entry – $10, OR   $20 for 3 entries
Authorship: Entries must be unpublished, original work of the entrant. Not concurrently entered in another competition, and not previously in receipt of an award.
Judging: Judge’s decisions are final, no correspondence will be entered into.
Announcement of winners will be made at the Society’s Poetry Seminar on Saturday 20th July at Library at the Dock.
Winning poems will be published in the 2019 issue of Sparx.

SEND ENTRIES TO:
RECEIVING OFFICER: KATHRYN PURNELL POETRY AWARD, Kilistina Sisifa
Mail to: 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 or email to: k.sisifa@gmail.com

Cheque/Money Order payable toThe Society of women Writers Victoria Inc.
Or bank transfer: Community Solutions BSB: 033636 Account: 152422 please put [KPPA and your surname] in the reference section.

RESULTS OF THE KATHRYN PURNELL POETRY AWARD WILL BE MADE KNOWN THROUGH THE FOLLOWING:

  1. The Society of Women Writers Poetry Seminar on Saturday 20th July at Library at the Dock
  2. Publication in the Society of Women Writers newsletter – Write Away August edition.
  3. Posting to the SWWV website www.swwvic.org.au.

SWWV Kathryn Purnell Award—Entry Form           
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PLEASE NOTE: All entrants must be financial members at the time of submission

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