Launch of ACU Prize for Poetry 2015

Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015

The 2015 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 inaugural ACU Prize for Literature in 2013, this year's ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme, Peace, Tolerance and Understanding.

The Prize opens Monday 16 March 2015 and closes Tuesday 16 June 2015.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 26 August in Melbourne, in conjunction with the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Prize money

  • First prize $7,000
  • Second prize $2,000
  • Third prize $ 1,000

The Prize is made possible through the sponsorship of the Directorate, Identity and Mission at ACU.

Judge: Professor Kevin Hart

Professor Kevin Hart

Professor Hart is the author of books in philosophy, theology, literary criticism and several acclaimed collections of poetry. He holds the Edwin B. Kyle Chair of Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and the Eric D'Arcy Chair of Philosophy at ACU where he is also Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion. As poet of international reputation, his latest collection is entitled Morning Knowledge.

More information about the 2015 ACU Poetry Prize

Please go to for the entry form and guidelines.

For more information, you may contact Carmel Taffa via email or by phone on (02) 9739 2380.