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Mununggurr-Williams wins 2018 Australian Poetry Slam

24 October 2018

Darwin-based Djapu poet Melanie Mununggurr-Williams has won the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam national final, reports the Guardian. At the national final held at the Sydney Opera House on 21 October,...

UWAP celebrates 10 years of publishing Australian poetry

22 October 2018

UWA Publishing (UWAP) has celebrated its 10th anniversary of publishing Australian poetry. UWAP’s first poetry collection, Martin Harrison’s Wild Bees: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2008, and the...

Five Islands Press to wind up

14 September 2018

Specialist poetry publisher Five Islands Press has announced the company will wind up in 2020. The small press announced last week that it is no longer accepting new manuscripts, and...

Puncher & Wattmann launches First Poetry Book Prize 

10 September 2018

Independent publisher Puncher & Wattmann (P&W) has announced the inaugural First Poetry Book Prize (FPBP). Open to Australian citizens and writers who have lived in Australia for at least three...

Hunter wins $10,000 for 2018 ACU poetry prize

10 September 2018

Australian Catholic University (ACU) has announced Castlemaine-based poet Annie Hunter as the winner of the 2018 ACU Prize for Poetry, worth $10,000, for her poem ‘Athene noctua’. Judge Chris Wallace-Crabbe...

Slam poets to represent Australia in the US

2 July 2018

Four Melbourne-based slam poets will compete in the US National Poetry Slam in August this year. Poet Tenda McFly, the winner of a slam event held during the inaugural Melbourne...

UQP acquires Sakr poetry collection 

30 May 2018

University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired Western Sydney poet Omar Sakr’s forthcoming poetry collection, The Lost Arabs. World rights were acquired by UQP publishing director and acting-CEO Madonna Duffy,...

‘Overland’ poetry prize 2017 shortlist announced

19 February 2018

The shortlist for the 2017 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Guarded by Birds’ and ‘Dropbear Poetics’ (Evelyn Araluen)...

‘Overland’ Poetry Prize 2015 winners announced

7 March 2016

Ella O’Keefe has won the 2015 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for new and emerging poets, worth $6000, for her poem ‘alkaway’. The first runner-up was Omar Sakr’s ‘Not so wild’...

‘Overland’ poetry prize 2015 shortlist announced

17 February 2016

The shortlist for the 2015 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets has been announced. The eight shortlisted poems are: ‘In civilization diminishing’ (Geraldine Burrowes) ‘Swarm’ (Emily...

Howe wins 2015 T S Eliot Prize

13 January 2016

In the UK, Sarah Howe has won the 2015 T S Eliot Prize for her debut poetry collection Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus), the first time a debut has...

Beveridge wins Peter Porter Poetry Prize

15 May 2015

Judith Beveridge has won the Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize for her poem ‘As Wasps Fly Upwards’. Beveridge’s poem was chosen for the $5000 prize from a...

New podcast focuses on contemporary Australian poetry

29 April 2015

A new podcast series with news and interviews about the contemporary Australian poetry scene has launched.The Australian Poetry Podcast is hosted by poets Robbie Coburn and Nathan Hondros, with four...

Paloma wins 2014 ‘Overland’ poetry prize

17 March 2015

Melody Paloma has won the 2014 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, worth $6000, for her poem ‘Hyper-reactive’. The first runner-up was Chris Armstrong for ‘Exile’ and the second runner-up...

The poet’s market: Print sales of poetry titles 

13 February 2015

The poetry scene might be flourishing with slams and spoken-word events, but print sales remain in the low hundreds for most titles, writes Hilary Simmons.Georgia Richter, publisher at Fremantle Press,...

Harsent wins 2014 T S Eliot Prize

13 January 2015

In the UK, David Harsent has won the 2014 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry for his collection Fire Songs (Faber) after being shortlisted for the prize five times, reports...