Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Queensland Poetry Festival 2017 poetry awards winners


Queensland Poetry Festival would like to announce the winners for the three main Arts Queensland Poetry Awards: the Thomas Shapcott, the Val Vallis, and the XYZ.


Rae White Milk Teeth
Highly Commended
Luke Best Percussion
Mindy Gill August Burns the Sky
Rae White Milk Teeth
Jonathan Hadwen The Gone Day


Quietly, on the way to Mars – Bronwyn Lovell 
Highest Placed Queensland Entry
The Future of Music – Laurie Keim
Highly Commended
His Master’s Voice – Jeff Guess
9(after) HER dating app adventures Rebecca Jessen
Buying satin dresses at Yu Garden – Ella Jeffery


Monday June 27  – Quinn Eades
Highest Placed Queensland Entry
Fight with my soul  – Anisa Nandaula
Highly Commended
25 words or less – Brendan Bonsack
This street was once a river – Sean M Whelan
Arguing with gravity – Maddie Godfrey
Congratulations to all winning and highly commended poets from QPF. 
The winners  of the Philip Bacon Award and Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize are:


Jeanine Leane – Historians
Sachem Parkin-Owens – My Ancestors
Highest Placed Quandamooka Entry
Sachem Parkin-Owens – My Ancestors
Highly Commended
Grace Lucas-Pennington – On Arrival
Rachel Bos – Tick Tock 
Ashleigh Johnstone – Fragments of the Shadow People


Dael Allison – Gethsemane, Bribie Island 1958
Highly Commended
Magdalena Ball – Agony in the Garden
Madison Godfrey – Three Winters
Joe Dolce – Homage to Shead
Joe Dolce – Too Late for Taxidermy

Congratulations to all the winning and highly commended poets from QPF. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

The PETER PORTER Poetry Prize 2018 Open Now

     The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia's most prestigious prizes for a new poem. The Prize – now open to all poets writing in English – is named after the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010). The Prize was first awarded in 2005 (Stephen Edgar) and was renamed in 2011, following Peter Porter's death. Past winners include Tracy Ryan, Judith Beveridge, and Anthony Lawrence. To date, Judith Bishop is the only poet to win the Prize twice.
Each year all the shortlisted poems are published in the magazine, giving them equal prominence. The overall winner (who receives $5,000 and an Arthur Boyd print) is then named at a subsequent ceremony along with a runner-up who receives $2,000. The other three shortlisted poets receive $500.

Entries are now open for the 2018 Porter Prize (now worth $8,500).

Click here for more information about the 2018 Porter Prize.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions page before contacting us with queries about the Porter Prize.
Click here for more information about past winners and to read their poems.
Click here for more information about the 2018 judges.

The unicorn and the angel was produced by Arthur Boyd to illustrate the book of poems by Peter Porter, entitled the Lady and the Unicorn (Secker & Warburg, London, 1975). The print is generously donated by Ivan Durrant in honour of Georges Mora.

Peter Porter portrait 1

We gratefully acknowledge the long-standing support of Ms Morag Fraser AM, and the support of ABR Patrons. The print is donated by Mr Ivan Durrant in honour of Georges Mora.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hurry up and Enter

All queries can be directed to: wordsofwyndham@wyndham.vic.gov.au;
Glenn Greening ph. 03 8744 0200; or Mica Meerbach ph. 03 8734 2600

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Australian Poetry: ‘Work’ for issue 7.2

Australian Poetry is looking for poems focused on the theme ‘work’ for issue 7.2, guest edited by Benjamin Laird and Cassandra Atherton.

Poems can also be selected from submissions outside this focus; that is, you can also submit poems on any theme. The theme of ‘work’ is broad – please be inspired to address it curiously! Work can be seen to connect to the work-place, employment, work-place issues etc.

Submissions for 7.2 can be sent to apjsubmissions@gmail.com and closes midnight, 1 October 2017.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


in the big rain
gushing down
little butterfly
ISSA 1814
ôame no futte waitaru ko chô kana
Issa can imagine and empathize with the reality of tiny creatures. For this intrepid little butterfly, for example, raindrops are crashing down like bombs.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017


Hello Poetry at the House (ANU Canberra) supporters
It's just a week to the next reading featuring John Stokes (Canberra), Merlinda Bobis (Canberra and the Philippines) and Andrew Burke (Perth). It's on Wed Aug 9 at 7.30 in the Fellows Bar at University House. At the moment there are only nine people coming!
Andrew Burke's latest book is a small pocket-sized book in English and Mandarin entitled The Line is Busy (Flying Islands Press). Before this he has had a baker's dozen books published and countless book reviews. He holds a doctorate in Writing from Edith Cowan University where he used to lecture. He will have flown all the way from Perth on the 'Red-eye Special'! Don't miss him.

After four novels, Merlinda Bobis has returned to poetry with Accidents of Composition (Spinifex Press 2017). In 2016 her novel, Locust Girl. A Lovesong, received the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. In 1998 her Summer Was a Fast Train Without Terminals was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year. She's a dramatic performer of her own work.
In a long career John Stokes has published widely worldwide; won or been short or long-listed for many major prizes, and represented his country internationally. His latest book, Fire in the Afternoon (Halstead Press, 2015), won the ACT National Writing & Publishing Award for best poetry book for 2015.

Admission$10 waged, $5 unwaged.
Parking at ANU University House is best from Garran Road and on Balmain Lane off Balmain Crescent.