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University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize

The University of Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal peoples as the traditional custodians of the land upon which the University's main campus sits, and pays respect to all Elders past, present and emerging.

2017 Theme

'Preservation and revitalisation of culture'

Enter here by 9 July 2017

This poetry prize is sponsored by the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy and supported by the Faculty of Arts and Design.

The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy places a particular emphasis on working collaboratively with UC faculties and research institutes to: open more doors to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; create more opportunities to increase student completion rates; achieve parity in employment; aspire to cultural competency; and build capacity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.

About the Prize

The University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize aims to inspire others through poetry to consider authentic ways of presenting, preserving and reviltalising the traditional culture and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The poem may be focused on the verbal expression of culture, and can investigate where there is loss of language and culture the wide ranging impacts on culture, identity and health. This may include the intrinsic value of Indigenous perspectives, language transmission from one generation to the next, or describe the experience of, what is possible when preservation and revilatisation of culture is guided by institutions aimed at achieving a common purpose.

The University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize will be offered for the first time in 2017. It will be announced during the Poetry on the Move Festival at the University of Canberra in September 2017 and prize winners and short-list will be notified prior to that.

Enquires should be emailed to oatsils@canberra.edu.au.

Important details:

  • The winner will receive AUD$1,500
  • The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$700
  • The second runner-up (third-placed poem) will receive AUD$300
  • Winners will receive an invitation to attend an award ceremony and aim to be published in Meniscus (http://meniscus.org.au), the literary journal of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
  • All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of 40 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details)
  • Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$5
  • Entries close at 23:59 GMT on Sunday 9 July 2017

Judge

Phillip Hall

Phillip HallPhillip Hall worked for many years as a teacher of outdoor education and sport throughout regional New South Wales, Northern Queensland and the Northern Territory. He now resides in Melbourne’s Sunshine, where he works  as a writer, dividing his time between poetry, reviews and essays. He also works as an editor with Verity La’s ‘Emerging Indigenous Writers Project’ and as a poetry reader at Overland. In 2014 he published Sweetened in Coals. In 2015 he published Diwurruwurru, a book of his collaborations with the Borroloola Poetry Club. He is currently working on a collection of place-based poetry called Fume. This project celebrates Indigenous culture in the Northern Territory’s Gulf of Carpentaria.

For More Information

Please feel free to send any questions in regards to the awards to oatsils@canberra.edu.au.