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i am for

Poetry competition now open!

Entries are now open for the inaugural Australia reMADE poetry competition – I AM FOR.

Every day we have the opportunity to ask ourselves, what am I for? What moves me? What inspires me? What makes my heart soar? What does the Australia of my dreams look like? What brings me joy?

 When Australia reMADE’s poet laureate Miriam Hechtman asked herself these same questions in regard to her hopes for Australia, she remembered a writing prompt she had been assigned in high school, quite simply – I AM FOR.  The basic premise for that prompt was to write from a place of empowerment rather than just react to what is happening.

I wanted to recognise what it is I really want for my Australia and for my life and my children’s future. Oftentimes we get caught in the battle and forget what we are fighting for. Sometimes we are so far from what our heart is yearning we forget to even enquire.
— Miriam Hechtman

Using the writing prompt I AM FOR as your starting point we invite you to tell us through poetry what you are for.


example poems


Miriam Hechtman will be judging the entries with the help of three Australian literary professionals.  We’re pleased to announce the first two judges are Mark Mordue and Katerina Cosgrove.




A selection of the most moving and inspiring poems will be published online and promoted by Australia reMADE.


$100 voucher for your local bookshop!

More prizes announced soon…

All ages are welcome to enter and poems will be judged accordingly.
There will be a First Prize winner and Ten Finalists.
All entries must be submitted by 11.59pm EST, November 7.
Finalists and winner will be announced at POETICA on December 4.


Enter the competition


Terms of conditions:

1.     Entrants must reside in Australia

2.     Poems must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.

3.     Poems must use the I AM FOR writing prompt throughout the poem. These 3 words must be used at least 3 times in the poem 

4.     All poems must be written in English. Translations to English accepted but must be noted.

5.     All finalists and the winning poem will be published on the Australia reMADE website.

6.     Entry is free.

7.     Poems must be no longer than 80 lines.

8.     One entry only per person.

9.     Include your name and age on the poem.

Selection will be made by the judges. The judges’ decision is final.