2018 Queensland Poetry Awards to Open

2018 Queensland Poetry Awards to Open

Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) is pleased to announce the 2018 Queensland Poetry Awards and Prizes. Awards opening Friday 11 May 2018 include the suite of prestigious Arts Queensland Poetry Awards and the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award. On 28 May Australia’s first open-age Indigenous Poetry Prize, the Ooodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize opens.

QPF will accept online applications for all awards, which can be made online from Friday 11 May 2018, with the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Prize opening in conjunction with National Reconciliation Week, Monday 28 May 2018.

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the poetry awards were designed to draw out and celebrate a unique range of new literary voices.

“The annual poetry awards recognise emerging poets and provide support through cash prizes, mentoring and publishing opportunities,” Minister Enoch said.

“The Queensland Government supports three poetry awards, the annual Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence program and funding for the Queensland Poetry Festival itself.”

“The Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry is a national prize for an unpublished poem (or suite of poems), while the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, open to Queenslanders, wins a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press,” she said.

“The Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word acknowledges the fusion of poetry and performance.”

Presented by QPF for the ninth year in 2018, the Arts Queensland Poetry Awards are an important platform for established and emerging poets to present new works and build their profile, with cash prizes and industry support for the winners. Recipients also have the opportunity to profile their award-winning works at future poetry festivals and events.

Among the prizes is the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript, named in honour of this distinguished Queensland poet. Now in its 15th year, this prestigious award includes prize money of $2,000 and a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press (UQP).

2017 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize winner, Rae White (pictured above), will launch the collection, Milk Teeth, as part of the QPF on Saturday 25 August 2018 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

Rae White said:

 “Winning the 2017 Thomas Shapcott prize has given a new life and sense of freedom to my writing practice. My voice as a non-binary person is very often silenced, so to win such a major award has given me the confidence to push myself further and to embrace my voice as a marginalised poet.”

Applications for the Arts Queensland Poetry Awards and Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award, close on Friday 6 July 2018, with applications for Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize closing on Friday 20 July 2018.

Winners of all awards will be announced at the Queensland Poetry Awards presentation, on opening night of the QPF, Thursday 23 August 2018 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

The Queensland Poetry Awards are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

See our Awards pages for details.