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To celebrate the Fortieth Parliament of Western Australia, The Parliamentary Education Office is excited to announce the inaugural School Parliamentary Poetry Competition for secondary students throughout Western Australia.


'Democracy in WA’


  • Do you love your state of Western Australia?
  • Have you got a way with words?
  • Do you want to become a published poet?



The Theme: ‘Democracy in WA'. Be as literal or creative as you wish. You could write about an important Act that has transformed our state, an individual politician such as Edith Cowan or any other idea that captures the theme of Democracy in WA.


The Structure: You can choose whichever genre of poetry you wish - narrative, epic, dramatic, lyric, prose or free verse. Poems must not be more than 300 words.


The Prize: If your poem is chosen as one of the top three, you and five of your guests will be invited to a Parliamentary reception in term 4, with your poem featured on the Parliament of Western Australia's website. The winning poem will be announced, and the award presented, at the reception.



Student Flyer


School Instructions


Terms and Conditions


Entry Form





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