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Blake Poetry Prize 2020 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Blake Poetry Prize has been announced.

The eight shortlisted poems are:

  • ‘History of Sadness’ by Louise Carter
  • ‘On Finding Charlotte in the Anthropological Record’ by Judith Crispin
  • ‘X +’ by Dave Drayton
  • ‘Sweeter than Honey’ by Heather Ellyard
  • ‘Don’t Call Us Dirty’ by Lou Garcia-Dolnik
  • ‘Parental Guidance’ by Julie Manning
  • ‘The Rose Noir Poem 5- the Girl in the Souk’ by Michael Moon
  • ‘Waterlines to a Kingfisher’ by Peter Ramm.

Named for William Blake and established in 2017, the prize is for a single poem exploring ‘the spiritual and religious’ in 100 lines or less. This year’s prize attracted over 480 entries from across Australia and internationally from countries including Philippines, the Netherlands, China and the Republic of Congo.

The judges for the 2020 Blake Poetry Prize are playwright and poet Julie Janson, Charles Sturt University lecturer Lachlan Brown and 2017 Blake Poetry Prize-winner Julie Watts. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, 22 September.

The Blake Poetry Prize is managed by Casula Arts Powerhouse and Liverpool City Council in collaboration with WestWords. For more information about the biennial prize, and to read the shortlisted poems, see the WestWords website.


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