$10,000 prize purse headlines ACU Prize for Poetry

Friday, 11 March 2016

Prize for Poetry

Some of the country’s premier poets will compete for a $10,000 prize purse as part of the 2016 ACU Prize for Poetry.

Entries for the 2016 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry are now welcome, with writers from all over the country competing for the coveted $7,000 first prize.

The ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme Loving Kindness, and will be presented on Thursday 1 September as part of the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival.

Celebrated Australian poet Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM will judge the prize.

Regarded as one of Australia’s most prolific and finest poets, Professor Wallace-Crabbe has published works spanning more than 60 years, dating back to 1955’s No Glass Houses. His talents would see him earn award recognition across seven decades, including the 1992 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Poetry Award, The Age 1995 Book of the Year, and ultimately becoming a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011.

Professor Wallace-Crabbe helped shape the face of poetry and Australian culture, founding the Australia Centre at the University of Melbourne, where he serves as an emeritus professor, along with his time as the chair of Australian Poetry.

Director of ACU’s Identity and Mission Fr Anthony Casamento, said ACU’s continued involvement in sponsoring a national Prize for Poetry and the timely theme of Loving Kindness would ensure the 2016 showcase will again attract high-calibre writers.

“ACU is again delighted to be supporting what is rapidly becoming the pre-eminent prize for Poetry in Australia,” Fr Anthony said.

“At a time of conflict across the world, now, as much as any time in the past, we need to nurture kindness to others. Poetry is a powerful medium for reflecting on how loving kindness can be manifested, or how its absence can be damaging.”

The ACU Prize for Poetry aims to support writers and to continue the tradition of the Catholic Church as a key patron of the arts.

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  • Entered poems must be unpublished (including on any website or blog), must not have won any other competition, and must not be under consideration by any publisher, literary journal or for any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 Friday 11 March and Monday 6 June. The shortlisted, commended and winning poems will be announced on Thursday 1 September.
  • Enquiries can be made to: aculiterature@acu.edu.au. Further information can be found at acu.edu.au/poetry-prize.

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