Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Queensland Poetry Festival’s 2017 Prizes and Awards

We are delighted to announce QPF’s 2017 Prizes and Awards. This year there are three Arts Queensland Poetry Awards (open May 29th), as well the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award (open May 30th) and the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize (open June 3rd.)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Poem by D.H.Lawrence


Slowly the moon is rising out of the ruddy haze,
Divesting herself of her golden shift, and so
Emerging white and exquisite; and I in amaze
See in the sky before me, a woman I did not know
I loved, but there she goes and her beauty hurts my heart;
I follow her down the night, begging her not to depart.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

June 6th to celebrate World Environment Day

Centre for Stories in collaboration with Environmental Defender's Office WA is pleased to announce Dreaming Green: Envisioning a Sustainable Future Through Storytelling. 
Join us on June 6th to celebrate World Environment Day with light supper and drinks at Centre for Stories in the heart of Northbridge. We will be joined by three incredible speakers who will be sharing with us what sparked their passion for environmentalism and sustainability, and their stories since this defining moment. Profits from the event will go towards Environmental Defender's Office WA's crowdfunding campaign. 
SCOTT LUDLAM is the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and the West Australian Greens representative in the Senate. He was born Palmerston North, New Zealand before moving to Western Australia to study design and later on, policy. He later became an anti-nuclear advocate in Western Australia before becoming increasingly involved in the WA Greens. 
KATE KELLY is the convener of the Save Beeliar Wetlands campaign group. She has worked tirelessly to oppose the Roe 8 highway extension, with great success. Kate is a mother of two and has lectured in sustainability at Murdoch University. 
Light supper will be provided and drinks available for purchase thanks to our generous sponsors: Nail BrewingFlora & Fauna Northbridge and Talijancich Wines
Get tickets!

Friday, May 19, 2017

'Breaking the Days’ shortlisted in Kenneth Slessor Prize

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Many congrats to Jill Jones for making the shortlist for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, part of the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for Breaking the Days (Whitmore Press).

Jill’s 2015 collection sits alongside those by other distinguished poets whose works have also been shortlisted: Peter Boyle, Paul Hetherington, Antigone Kefala, John Kinsella and Ellen van Neerven.

More details at the State Library of New South Wales website.

The winner of the $30,000 prize will be announced at the State Library on
22 May.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Major Poetry Prizes

Blake Poetry Prize 2017
With a first prize of $5,000, this year’s Blake Poetry Prize will be judged by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Mark Tredennick. Poems must be new works of 100 lines or less. Entry is $20, and entries close Friday 2 June. For more information and to enter, visit the website.
2017 Newcastle Poetry Prize
Entries are now open in the 2017 Newcastle Poetry Prize. First prize is $15,000. The line limit is 200 lines. Entries close Friday 30 June. Entry is online and costs $34. For more information, visit the Hunter Writers Centre website.


The 2017 Patron’s Prize for Poets Competition.
Poets of all ages and experience are encouraged to enter the competition. This national poetry competition has an open theme and entrants, who must be Australian residents, may submit poems up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition. Closing date is 9th June 2017. Good luck to all who enter!

Saturday, May 13, 2017


The Blake Poetry Prize challenges Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.

The Blake Poetry Prize challenges Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.

From 2017 Liverpool City Library, in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, will deliver The Blake Poetry Prize as a biennial event. Liverpool City Library and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Poetry Prize in continuing to engage contemporary poets, both national and international, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. The Blake Poetry Prize is an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality with the visionary imagining of contemporary poets.
The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, a poet and artist of undoubted genius, who integrated religious and artistic content in his work. The Blake Poetry Prize challenges contemporary poets of disparate styles to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.
The Blake Poetry Prize is strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but all poems entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity.
To Apply: First, please pay your $20 entry fee. You will need the confirmation number when you fill out the entry form. Poems and entry forms may be sent by email to or hard copies may be submitted to: 

The Blake Poetry Prize
c/- Liverpool City Library
ATTN: Outreach Programs Coordinator
Locked Bag 7170
Liverpool BC NSW 1871

Please see entry form for all guidelines and conditions of entry.


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

POEM by Murray Jennings

for Andrew Burke

The past, it
can be a bastard
if you don’t
unlock its cage
and let it out
I’ve spent an age
starving it
Now watch it, about
to eat this page
and beg for more.

- Murray Jennings

From UWA Press - Longlisted for the MILES FRANKLIN AWARD

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

It is with immense pleasure we announce that Extinctions by Josephine Wilson has been longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award. This is the first time a UWA Publishing book has been longlisted for the prize. 

Extinctions was the winning manuscript of our inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award, announced in February 2016 and published in November 2016. The novel follows curmudgeon Frederick Lothian as he grapples with old age, remorse and atonement, and his daughter, Caroline, who must answer complex questions of family and heritage. 
Josephine is a Perth-based writer of two novels, Cusp (UWA Publishing 2005) and Extinctions (UWA Publishing 2016), and a number of works for performance. She completed her Masters of Philosophy at Queensland University and PhD at the University of Western Australia. She is currently a sessional teacher of creative writing at Curtin University. 
On the longlisting, Josephine Wilson said, ‘Selection for a national award like the Miles Franklin is profoundly important to me. As a Western Australian writer published by a local publisher, it is often hard to be embraced by the national writing culture. I am so very grateful that my book has received this recognition, and am honoured to be included with my peers under the name of Miles Franklin.’
Terri-ann White, Director of UWA Publishing, stated, ‘I couldn’t be more thrilled for Josephine and my colleagues at UWA Publishing. This is a sophisticated and very savvy novel about people in their ordinary lives. It is also as funny as life itself.’
The Miles Franklin is widely recognised as the most prestigious literary award in Australia. Established by Miles Franklin, author of My Brilliant Career, in 1957, the prize is awarded annually to a novel of the highest literary merit that ‘presents Australian life in any of its phrases’. 
Western Australians who have won the Miles Franklin Literary Award include Kim Scott (2011), Tim Winton (2009, 2002, 1992, 1984), Elizabeth Jolley (1986), and Randolph Stow (1958). 
The shortlist will be announced on Sunday 18 June and the winner in August. 
This announcement coincides with the reopening of our Dorothy Hewett Award. The award is open for submissions until Tuesday 1 August. Please see our awards page on our website here for submission guidelines. The Dorothy Hewett Award is made possible by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. 
‘Josephine Wilson’s paragraphs and sentences have a rounded shape, in contrast to the currently fashionable way of writing, which tends to jagged, broken sentences. Her style encourages readers to savour each image and insight as it is revealed, without feeling that the narrative is constantly rushing forward to the next piece of “action”. Some would call this style old-fashioned; in my view it has a lot going for it.’ Sydney Morning Herald. 

To celebrate the longlisting of Extinctions for the Miles Franklin Award, we're offering free shipping worldwide on all purchases until Friday 5 May. 
Simply enter the code EXTINCTIONS at the online checkout to redeem this offer.