Naomi Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize, 2021

The Naomi Williams Poetry Prize is named in honour of Nay who was a strong, proud Wiradjuri woman from the Tumut/Brungle area of NSW.

Nay loved to write poetry about the river, her family and all the elements of love that she treasured.

This poetry prize aims to support other Wiradjuri writers and to create more poetry about life in Wiradjuri country.

Artwork by Naomi Williams.


Healing Country, Healing Mob


  • Adult: Wiradjuri writers over 25
  • Youth: Wiradjuri writers under 25
  • Kids: Wiradjuri writers 12 and under
  • Open: All those living, working and learning on Wiradjuri country


14 April 2021


31 May 2021

How to submit:

Please include the following on your submission:

  • Title of Poem
  • Category
  • Name
  • Date of birth

For the kids category, please also provide a name, contact number and permission from your parent or guardian.

Email your poem to by 31 May 2021.


Winners will be announced at the Gundagai NAIDOC Ball on 25 June 2021.

Winners in Adult, Youth, and Open categories will receive $250.

Winners in the Kids category will receive $100.

Highly commended entries in each category will receive a $50 book voucher.

Please note that the poems of all winners and highly commended entries, will be published in a PDF and made available by receipt of a donation to the Naomi Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize via the National Justice Project.

2021 Judges:

Aunty Cheryl Penrith: proud, strong Wiradjuri woman, a great mentor, and loving Aunty to Nay.

Aunty Anita Heiss: proud, strong Wiradjuri woman, author, poet, satirist and social commentator.

Amy Williams: proud, strong Wiradjuri woman and loving cousin to Nay.

George Newhouse: CEO and Principal Solicitor, National Justice Project.


  • Please only enter one poem in one category per person.
  • For the adult, youth and kids categories, if you are a Wiradjuri person you can submit a poem even if you are not currently living on Wiradjuri country.
  • For the adult, youth and kids categories, you must be the correct age as at the closing date of 31 May 2021.
  • For the open category, you do not need to be Wiradjuri but you must be living on Wiradjuri country.

Proud Sponsors:

  • The Kilby/Penrith Family
  • Aunty Caroline Hughes
  • The Heiss Family
  • The Bond-Williams Family
  • The National Justice Project

Resources and donations:

Please print a PDF flyer for the 2021 Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize here or email us at and call us at the National Justice Project office on (02) 9514 4440.

Later in the year, we will be are happy to share a copy of previous years poems and we will invite you to make a donation to the Naomi Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize via the National Justice Project. To find out more, please email Katy Tyrrell at