Well-versed winners make a stanza

All the winners and finalists in the 2018 City of Nedlands Roland Leach Poetry Prize

Winners of the 2018 City of Nedlands Roland Leach Poetry Prize have been announced.

The biennial competition started in 2005 with the aim of promoting poetry in the community and to recognise and reward outstanding, original works of poetry written by young West Australians.  

Coordinated by Nedlands Library, there were 1123 entries from 112 schools across the state.  

The competition was open to school-aged children and teenagers from Years 3 to 12 across four categories – the most entries (322) came from the Years 3-4 category – with an overall winner also named.

Year 12 Presbyterian Ladies’ College student Sonya Frossine took out the major award with her poem Half, also winning the Years 10-12 category.

Year 8 John Forrest Secondary College student Bea Alejandre won the Years 7-9 category with her poem Portia my deore, etan.

Hannah Wang, a Year 5 Methodist Ladies’ College student, was winner of the Years 5-6 category with her piece Painting music memories. 

Year 4 Perth College student Tessa Scarparlo won the Years 3-4 category with her poem The Moon is a Splatter of Paint.

Second and third place and high commendations were also awarded in each category. Full details are on the Roland Leach Poetry Prize page.

Bunbury Primary was named most enthusiastic school for submitting the most entries (116) and Presbyterian Ladies’ College was dubbed “most poetic school” for having the most winning entries.

All winners received gift certificates for the online bookstore Booktopia.

Professional writer and poet Shane McCauley and poet, freelance writer and editor Mags Webster judged the competition.

McCauley has been writing poetry for 47 years and has judged the competition six times while Webster is a first-time judge, currently completing a PhD in creative writing at Murdoch University

Roland Leach, patron of the prize, is an award-winning West Australian poet with three collections including the recent My Father’s Pigs.

All winning poems are featured in a downloadable booklet.

Overall winner Sonya Frossine, centre, with Roland Leach, left, and Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins. 

Years 7-9 category winner Bea Alejandre, centre, with Roland Leach, left, and Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins.

Years 5-6 category winner Hannah Wang, centre, with Roland Leach, left, and Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins.

Years 3-4 category winner Tessa Scarparlo, centre, with Roland Leach, left, and Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins.

All winners and finalists with Roland Leach and Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins.