Awards put poetry in the spotlight
Poetry has been the focus of several Australian awards and shortlists recently, with poet and performer Candy Royalle being chosen from a shortlist of 11 poets to win the 2018 Red Room Poetry Fellowship worth A$10,000 in total, including residency and travel assistance for Royalle to undertake ‘an intensive period of creative development’. Red Room Poetry established the fellowship in 2017 to ‘foster poetic and professional development of an individual within the wider poetic community’, with the inaugural fellowship going to Windham-Campbell Prize-winning poet Ali Cobby Eckermann.
Hong Kong-baswd poet Nicholas Wong has won the Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize for his poem ‘101 Taipei’ after his poem was chosen for the A$5000 prize from a shortlist of five entries. Second place was awarded to Tracey Slaughter for her poem ‘breather’. She receives $2000, while the three other shortlisted poets—Eileen Chong, Katharine Healy and L K Holt—receive $500 each.
Finally, Overland journal has announced the shortlist for the fifth Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, a prize for Indigenous writers under 30 that alternates between fiction and poetry, and this year is for the best poem up to 88 lines. The shortlisted writers and their works are: Jazz Money, for ‘as we attack’, Kirli Saunders, for ‘A dance of hands’; Laniyuk Garcon, for ‘Remember’; Ralee Lancaster, for ‘haunted house’; and Susie Anderson, for ‘revolve’. The winner will receive A$5000, publication in Overland’s print magazine and a three-month residency at Melbourne’s Trinity College.
Other recent awards include the Ditmar Awards, and Aurealis Awards, both for Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror, as well as the shortlists for the ALS Gold Medal and the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards.