Henry Kendall Poetry Award 2017 Winners

Central Coast Poets Inc.  take great pleasure in announcing the final results for the Henry Kendall Poetry Award 2017 from Judge Jean Kent:



Not Yet by Gillian Telford, NSW 

Pantoum for my mother by Gary Smith, VIC

The Ancestors by Gail Hennessy, NSW 

SO LONG by Ian Reid, WA

Late Winter Morning by Jakob Ziguras, NSW


Highly Commended:

Eastern Road Turramurra 1926 by Jan Dean, NSW

Younger every week by Jenny Blackford, NSW 

Third Prize ($250):

Gathering place by Penny Lane, NSW


Second Prize ($500):

Roseate Galahs near Booranga by Jena Woodhouse, QLD

Henry Kendall Poetry Award 2017

First Prize ($1000):

Margaret Olley’s Flannel Flowers  by Vanessa Page, QLD


From the President of Central Coast Poets Inc:
Congratulations to all the entrants in the Henry Kendall Poetry Award – just by entering and putting forward your poetry to be judged, you have made great forward steps in continuing your journey as a poet. So actually, there are no losers. However, we must pay special congratulations to the place-getters and to the ten commended and highly commended entrants, also to all the poets who have been chosen to be included in this wonderful anthology.
The 2017 Central Coast Poets Anthology is a delightfully diverse collection to be relished and enjoyed. Judge Jean Kent, on completing her task, remarked that the standard was ‘very high’ and how much she enjoyed reading, interpreting and understanding the poems. We are excited to hear Jean say that she believes this anthology will be ‘a very appealing anthology’.
Central Coast Poets have contributed many hours of voluntary work to make the Henry Kendall Poetry Award and resulting anthology and launch a success, so a BIG thankyou to everyone concerned.
The poets and their poems within the covers of this anthology will take you to many diverse places and will give you reasons to think more deeply on issues.
It is my belief that poetry should encourage us to reflect on contemporary times, past times and our future times … where we are, who we are and where we are going.
Reading worthy poetic words is like savouring a delicious meal, it makes us feel good and nourishes the spirit as well as the soul.
Again, my sincere congratulations to everyone.
Elizabeth Hillman
Central Coast Poets Inc.

All poets whose entries have been selected for inclusion in the forthcoming anthology have been notified by email and will receive a hard copy of the anthology when it is launched (hopefully in late October).

All entrants will receive access to the e-anthology.

To purchase one anthology is $AU15.00.
Any additional anthologies purchased will be $AU10.00.
Click here to pre-order the 2017 Anthology