Awarded for a poem of no more than 50 lines, this biennial award is named in honour of a much-loved member of the Society. Kathryn conducted poetry workshops in her home for members, who greatly benefited from her expertise and mentoring.
After her death, the Society set up the Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize in her honour. It is open to the Society of Women Writers members in all branches. (http://www.swwvic.org.au/awards-sww/the-kathryn-purnell-poetry-prize/