We are delighted to announce QPF’s 2020 Prizes and Awards

Awards opening from 21 March 2020 include the suite of prestigious Arts Queensland Poetry Awards (Thomas Shapcott, Val Vallis, XYZ), the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize, and the Emerging Older Poets Mentorship. Please note: the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award will open later in 2020. We will update this page and make announcements on social media when it reopens.

Presented by QPF for the eleventh year in 2020, 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 the future 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Among the prizes is the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript, named in honour of this distinguished Queensland poet.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 18th year, this prestigious award includes prize money of $2,000 and a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press (UQP).

Thank you for your entries. The 2020 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, Val Vallis Award, XYZ Prize, Oodgeroo Noonuccal Prize and Emerging Older Poets Mentorship Award are now closed for submissions. You can view the 2020 QPF Awards shortlists here.

Winners will be announced at the Queensland Poetry Awards, on 31st July 2020.

The Ekphrasis Poetry Prize will open later this year.

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Our Major Partners

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

The Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize is proudly supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.