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The Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition that is currently open to all primary and secondary children across Australia. The poetry competition was launched in partnership with the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and publishing house HarperCollins.

Primary and secondary students can enter the national competition. Sharing stories of resilience and recovery can help others to discover what is possible, and reassure people they’re not alone in what they went through. We want young people in communities and around the country to share their experiences of the 2019-20 bushfires, then and now.

The competition closes at 5pm AEDT 20 February 2021. There will be one primary school winner and one high school winner, with winners to be announced in April 2021.

All school children from across Australia can participate and share their creative ideas, the winning entries will be chosen from bushfire impacted communities, with entries from outside these areas to be reflected in promotional activities.

The winning poems will be included in a special book to commemorate the 2019-20 bushfires. The book is a project led by the National Bushfire Recovery Agency in partnership with HarperCollins Publishers and News Corp.

The book will tell the stories and experiences of communities like yours. It will focus on the people, communities and landscapes affected, and will acknowledge the heroism of people during the fires and their resilience during the recovery period. The book will be an uplifting and inspiring dedication to the people who survived and sadly those who didn’t, and be a testament to the resilient Australian spirit with communities coming together to support and help each other.

The winners of the poetry competition will also receive paid travel and accommodation to the book’s launch in Canberra in mid-2021, copies of the book and the opportunity to be featured in newspapers and on the Kids News website.

Contact email: [email protected]

Website: www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au