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The Henry Lawson Memorial & Literary Society, Inc.

Formed in 1923 to commemorate the life of the Australian writer, Henry Lawson (1867-1922) and to promote Australian literature, the Society continues to foster poetry and prose with regular meetings and events.

Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except January) at 1.30 pm at St. Francis Church, 326 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.  All welcome!
Please enter via the St Francis car park in Elizabeth St, and enter through the back door of Monastery Hall.

We invite you to become involved!

National Henry Lawson Society Poetry Competition

We proudly announce the winners of the 2016-17 competition!

Full details, including 2018 entry form, on the Poetry Competition page.

1st Prize ($1,000) Brenda Joy Pritchard for ‘My Alpine World’
2nd Prize ($250) Catherine Lee for ‘Everlasting Soldiers’
3rd Prize ($100) Shelley Hansen for ‘Communication Breakdown’

Short Story:
1st Prize ($1,000) Jacqueline Trott for ‘The Scarlet Widow Maker’
2nd Prize ($250) Victoria Hann for ‘A Sign of Life’
3rd Prize ($100) Rhonda Tallnash for ‘The Guardian’

Free Verse:
1st Prize ($500) Barry Collier for ‘Millennium Drought’
2nd Prize ($125) Penny Lane for ‘A Different Now’
3rd Prize ($50) Roger Vickery for ‘Ghost Morse’