An Online Wetland Verses Challenge

Enter our online Wetland Verses Challenge, and grab the opportunity to showcase your creativity, earn a place on the new and interactive poetry installation to be revealed soon and win other exciting prizes! Join us this Djeran season for an inspiring and engaging celebration of nature through poetry.

Calling on all wetland & nature lovers and poets!

Hop onboard this exciting online poetry contest this April! Submit your best wetland-themed poems for our upcoming poetry installation. Look out for the campaign on our Facebook & Instagram pages!

Launch: April 2nd 2023
Prompts out: Every Sunday 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th of April

Participation is simple!

Lookout for our prompts every Sunday starting Easter Sunday and

  • Like and Follow The Wetlands Centre on Facebook or Instagram
  • Respond with a poem that incorporates the theme of wetlands and the prompt
  • Tag us with #wildaboutwetlands in your responses

Challenge Rules

  • Like and follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or on both.
  • Respond to our weekly prompts with a poem.
  • Tag us in your replies with #wildaboutwetlands
  • Entries must incorporate both the overarching theme of wetlands together with the writing prompt
  • Poems must be between 6 and 12 lines long
  • Poems must be appropriate for all ages and public display
  • Only one entry is allowed per writing prompt
  • Entries must be submitted before 11:59 pm Thursday Perth time (five days after the prompt)
  • By submitting an entry, you give the right to The Wetlands Centre Cockburn to publish and distribute your poem with attribution
  • Poems must be previously unpublished
  • We welcome submissions from poets of Western Australian origin or those whose main place of residence is in Western Australia.

Important notes (for us to be able to view your entry)

  1. Use the correct hashtag #wildaboutwetlands in your post. Any comments without this hashtag cannot be seen unless they are on the original post.
  2. If you want to submit your entry as a comment on the original post
    Make sure it is on the original prompt's post and not on any other post.
  3. If you make your entry
    — as a post on your page or
    — by sharing our prompt post to your page:
    Make sure your post visibility is set to  'PUBLIC' (To know how to do this, Click here)
  4. And don't forget to add the hashtag #wildaboutwetlands at the end of your entry!

For the winners

  • 3 poems each week will be chosen to go into our exciting new poetry installation coming up at the Wetlands Centre to be revealed on World Environment Day
  • Winning poems will be projected on the display tower at Yagan Square in Perth post the campaign. (We're working behind the scenes to make this happen)
  • Winning poems will be featured on our website and social media channels
  • Winners will receive a personalized wetland tour with our Poet-in-Residence and local naturalists
  • Winners will receive a free copy of our upcoming poetry anthology ‘Into the Wetlands
  • And more!

About the Co-ordinator:

Our campaign runner & judge, Leonard James, is a poet from Perth/Boorloo who has helped facilitate events for Perth Poetry Club, Clear Your Throat, and WA Poets Perth Poetry Festival. They have previously judged the Creatrix Prize in 2019 and 2022, and the MIFWA Open Your Mind Poetry Competition 2021 and 2022. Leonard currently organises a variety of events and promotions on Duck & Dash Poetry, including writing prompts, free book giveaways and an online poetry fundraiser.

This online campaign is presented as a part of the Poet-in-Residence Program at The Wetlands Centre and made possible with generous funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest, and with support from WA Poets Inc and City of Cockburn.


Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land from where we are running this campaign, the Nyungar people, and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging. We recognize the deep and ongoing connection of the Nyungar people to this land, its wetlands, and its ecosystems, which have sustained them for thousands of years, and which they have always been stewards of and preserved. We honour their wisdom, knowledge, and rich cultural heritage, and acknowledge the significant contributions that the Nyungar people have made, and continue to make, to the wider community.

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