We are the shadow-ghosts creeping back as the camp fires burn low
– from ‘We Are Going’ by Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Queensland Poetry Festival is very proud to again present Australia’s only open-age Indigenous poetry prize for an unpublished poem. Named in honour after Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse, after receiving permission from Oodgeroo’s family and in close consultation with Quandamooka Festival.
The Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize is open to all Indigenous poets, emerging and established, throughout Australia.
1st Prize: $2,000, plus mentoring sessions with an established Indigenous poet/writer
Highest Quandamooka entry: $500 Qld Writers Centre credit, performance opportunity at at Queensland Poetry Festival 2019
Winners + highly commended will be also be published online.
Previous Winners: Brenda Saunders, Andrew Booth / Julie Janson, Jeanine Leane, Sachem Parkin-Owens
The winners will be announced at the Queensland Poetry Awards on Thursday 22nd August 2019 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane.
This prize is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Queensland Writers Centre and Quandamooka Festival. QPF also thanks the Walker family for their support in the naming this prize.