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University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize

The Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize will not run 2020. Please check back for updates later in the year.

Silence 2019 Prize Anthology

2019 Prize winners

The 2019 prize winners were announced at the Poetry on the Move Festival on the 21 October by the Vice-Chancellor and President Deep Saini.

Winner: Paula Bohince, for ‘Insomniac at the Ice Shack’
Runner up: Ivy Ireland, for ‘The Owl Inside’

Sue Wootton, for ‘At Moeraki’
Madeleine Dale, for ‘The sailmaker’s wife’
Mark Svenvold, for ‘Selfie w/cathedral, Eurydice cameo, from an epitaph drawn at random from a hat’
Kimberly Williams, for ‘The swallows are chasing’

2019 VC Poetry Prize longlist (PDF 95KB)


Silence 2019 Prize Anthology

Silence, The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize 2019 (PDF 926KB)

About the Prize

The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize has been offered annually since 2014. On behalf of the University, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design.

The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra's commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture.

The 2019 prize will be announced in October 2019 and prize winners and short-list will be notified prior to that.

Important details are:

  • The winner will receive AUD$15,000
  • The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000
  • Four additional poems will be short-listed
  • All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of 50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details)
  • Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$20 if submitted by 11:59pm GMT, 28 February 2019 and AUD$25 if submitted between 1 March and by 11:59pm GMT, 30 June 2019. There are discounts for students.
  • Judges
  • Full Conditions of Entry

Please direct all enquiries to:
Do not call the University, unfortunately we cannot address queries over the phone.

Image: Caren Florance & Angela Gardner, detail from Working Papers: torrent, 2015-17. Letterpress and ink on Gykurya washi, unique.