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Whittaker, Isemonger win ‘Overland’ Judith Wright Poetry Prize

Alison Whittaker and Holly Isemonger have been jointly awarded the 2016 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets.

Whittaker won the prize for her poem ‘Many Girls White Linen’ and Isemonger for ‘OK cupid’. This is the first time the award has been tied since it was established in 2007. 

Lachlan Brown was awarded third place for his poem ‘Self-division: little song selections’.

Their poems were chosen from a shortlist of nine.

The prize money for this year’s first place ($6000) and second place ($2000) will be combined and split evenly between the two winners. The third place recipient receives $1000. The three poems will be published in the first issue of Overland for 2017 in late March.

For more information about the prize, click here.


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