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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.

First Prize: $1500 | Second Prize $700 | Third Prize $300
Entry Fee: $5 per poem
See important details below

We encourage poems that address the NAIDOC 2018 theme Because of her, we can!, 'celebrating the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.' (2018 NAIDOC week). We also encourage poems on any topic.

ENTER HERE BY 31 JULY 2018

2018 Prize Judges

Lionel FogartyLionel Fogarty is one of the best known contemporary Aboriginal Australian writers. A Yugambeh man, Fogarty was born on Wakka Wakka land in South Western Queensland near Murgon on a ‘punishment reserve’ outside Cherbourg. Throughout the 1970s he worked as an activist for Aboriginal Land Rights and protesting Aboriginal deaths in custody. He has published numerous collections of poetry in Australia through small presses and major publishing houses. His most recent collections include Mogwie Idan: Stories of the land (Vagabond Press, 2012), Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future) (Vagabond Press, 2014), and Selected Works 1980-2016 (re.press, 2017).

About the Prize

The University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize was offered for the first time in 2017. It 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.

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
  • The competition is open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (see the Conditions of Entry for further details)
  • Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$5
  • Entries close at 11:59pm (AEST) Tuesday 31 July 2018

For More Information

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