Entry to the

Henry Kendall Poetry Award 2017

is now closed.


Central Coast Poets would like to advise that

all poems are now being judged

by critically acclaimed poet and writer, Jean Kent

*** Good Luck and Best Wishes to all entrants ***

Prize winners will be contacted in June
to be publicised in July

All shortlisted poems will be included in a book
published in both hard-copy and electronic form for download



The Central Coast Poets Inc. aims to:

– promote excellence in poetry;

– provide a forum for poets to read and discuss their work;

– present their work and that of other poets to the public; and

– raise the understanding, and appreciation, of poetry in the local community.

Central Coast Poets Inc. is a group of practicing poets who meet monthly to workshop their poems, with a view to improving their craft through critical input from peers. CCPi meets in the afternoon of the second Saturday of each month, at a public venue near Gosford.  Membership vacancies currently exist.  Meeting attendance by non-members needs to be prearranged by contacting us.

Part of the group’s charter is to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of poetry in the wider community. To this end CCPi hosts a regular national competition and publishes an anthology, and periodically sponsors poetry- related workshops by other members and other poets.  Some members participate in public presentations which have ranged from multi-media pieces involving photography and music to dedicated poetry readings and live-lit performances.

Central Coast Poets Inc. had its origins in 1979, eventually becoming The Central Coast Poetry Society.  This was disbanded in 1986, but due to a resurgence of dedicated poets, it reformed in 1989.  During that year the first Henry Kendall Poetry Award was offered, for NSW Central Coast residents only.  Today, the HKPA is a recognised national biennial poetry competition ‘judged blind’ by critically acclaimed poetry judges. The competition attracts entries from both established writers and emerging poets alike. Past winners include such luminaries as Louise Oxley, Judy Johnson and Joan Kerr.

The organisation has gradually shifted the focus of its monthly meetings to one where members’ poems are discussed in a workshop format which focuses on poetic form, genre, structure, language and imagery.

Contacting CCPi

For general inquiries about Central Coast Poets Inc, please contact;



For general inquiries regarding the Henry Kendall Poetry Award, please contact;


Central Coast Poets Inc.

PO Box 582

Gosford NSW 2250


Winners of the 2014 Henry Kendall Competition were John Carey, Irene Wilkie, and Carolyn Gerrish.

If you would like to buy the 2014 Anthology ‘The Way to the Well’
or any past anthologies at reduced prices (postage included)
please contact a Central Coast Poet by email;


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