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The Bronze Swagman Award for Bush Verse
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The Bronze Swagman poetry competition is run by a community committee in Winton, the central-west Queensland town known as the home of Waltzing Matilda.

The competition aims to encourage the writing of traditional verse.

Latest Winners / Recipients (also see subcategories)v419

Year: 2021

winner Jan Facey for 'Campfire Dreaming'.

Year: 2020

winner Mark Gliori for 'Fumbles'

Year: 2019

winner Sean Duff for 'Crocodile'.

Year: 2018

winner Jim Kent for 'Goodbye, Old Mate'.

Year: 2017

winner Heather Searles for 'C for Charlie'.

Works About this Award

Purler of a Poems Wins It for Bob Jonathan Hart , 2000 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 13 May 2000; (p. 41)
Our Bush Balladeer, a Modern-Day Banjo Patterson [Paterson] 1997 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 May 1997; (p. 32)
The Beauty of Life in the Bush Inspires a City Woman's Verse 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Mercury , 16 November 1993; (p. 10)
Ballads Galore at Winton's Big Bash 1984 single work
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 August 1984; (p. 3)