Arts Minister Ian Walker.
Arts Minister Ian Walker. Contributed

Unleash your inner poet and get your entries in

"THERE was a young doctor from Roma, whose artwork was worthy of GOMA, with palette and easels he would paint, and cure measles, bronchitis, the mumps and glaucoma."

Regional Queenslanders from all walks of life are being urged to unleash their creative abilities with two prestigious poetry competitions calling for entries.

Arts Minister Ian Walker, who penned the above poem, urged all Queenslanders to forward their finest lines for a chance to win this year's competition and a shot at being published.

"You could put a pin anywhere on a map of Queensland and that is where the winners could come from," he said.

"These awards are open to anyone across the state so I urge Queenslanders to have a go.

"The only criteria will be their talent and regional Queensland has no shortage there."

The Val Vallis Award is a national prize for an unpublished poem or suite of poems, while the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, open to Queenslanders, offers a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press.

Entries for both competitions close on July 10 and the winners will be named on August 20 to coincide with the opening of the Queensland Poetry Festival.

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