The 2018 ACU Prize for Poetry aims to support writers and to continue the tradition of the Catholic Church as a key patron of the arts. Following the success of the Prize in previous years, the ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme ‘Empathy.’
Australian Catholic University (ACU) engages the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to bring a distinct perspective to higher education. The University explores cultural, social, ethical and religious issues through its teaching, research and service – and contributes to its communities by fostering and advancing knowledge in education, health, commerce, humanities, science and technology, law, and creative arts. ACU graduates are skilled in their chosen fields, ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.
Finals Judge Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Poet, distinguished academic and critic, generous contributor to literary culture, Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe is one of the best known figures in Australia’s literary community and also enjoys a wider reputation in the international world of letters.
He began publishing poetry while an undergraduate, producing many volumes and winning awards and prizes, including the Grace Leven Poetry Prize in 1985 for The Amorous Cannibal, the Dublin Prize for the Arts and Sciences in 1987 and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal in 2002. His Selected Poems: 1956-1994 won both the Dinny O’Hearn Poetry Prize and the Book of the Year Award in the 1995 Age Book of the Year Awards. In 2011 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and last year he was awarded the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature in “recognition of his outstanding contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life”.
First prize: $10,000 Second prize: $5,000 Third prize: $3,000
The prize is made possible through the sponsorship of the Office of the Vice President at Australian Catholic University.
Open Monday 5th March Close Friday 20th July 2018
How to enter
Australian residents, including any international student currently studying at an Australian university, are eligible to enter.
Entered poems must be unpublished (including on any website or blog), must not have won any other competition, and must not be under consideration by any publisher, literary journal or for any other prize.
Entries will be open between Monday 5th March and Friday 20th July 2018. The shortlisted, commended and winning poems will be announced on Thursday 31 August.
Cost of entry is AUD $25 per poem.
Get involved on social media using the hashtag #ACUpoetry.