Poetry, Short Story & Drawing competition


As part of the 2022 Winter Magic festival, RoseyRavelston Books and Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network are proud to host a Poetry, Short Story & Drawing competition for Blue Mountains residents!


The theme for this competition is Regenesis: the call to human beings for a new relationship with the Earth and all its lifeforms that aligns with Australia's ancient cultural ethos of Caring for Country enshrined in First Nations' knowledge systems. This knowledge was kept alive in the Songlines through the power of the arts

Regenesis requires both an inner spiritual transformation of how we see ourselves, and an outer transformation in how we act. It builds on the regenerative agricultural movement, and the move to a regenerative economic and societal frameworks to meet the challenges of our times and is aligned with Council's Planetary Health Initiative.

We recommend heading to the Regenesis Collective and greenprints to get a better idea of the theme of Regenesis and Regenerative Living.

There are 3 categories:

Short Stories (max. 1,000 words)

Poetry (max. 500 words)

Drawings (any format, colour or b/w)

One winner from each category will receive:

We’re particularly keen to promote the work of people from all sorts of diverse backgrounds within the Blue Mountains.

Entry to this competition is free. Please email all submissions to regenesis.bm@gmail.com - entries through any other channels will not be considered.

The closing date for submissions is midnight 15 August 2022. Any submissions received after this time will not be considered.

Competition Rules:

You can only enter once per category (you can submit 1 poem and 1 short story but not 2 poems)

You must be resident within the Blue Mountains LGA (must be able to provide current proof of residence if requested)

All works must be on the theme of “Regenesis”

All poems and short stories must be submitted in either word or pdf formats

All drawings must be submitted in either jpg or png formats, preferably A4 or A5 sized

We will also consider images of your own original artwork (paintings etc.) but this is at the judges discretion

A judging panel of three people will assess a shortlist of finalists

The judges decisions are final. The three winners will be informed on shortly after 15 August 2022.

Submissions that do not win will also be considered for publication in the "Regenesis" anthology, due to be published and launched on 28 August 2022. Successful submissions for publication will also be informed shortly after 15 August 2022.