Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize

Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize

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Queensland Poetry Festival is very proud to again present Australia’s only open-age Indigenous poetry prize for an unpublished poem.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.

Deadline for receipt of applications: by 5pm Friday 5th July 2019.

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.


Oodgeroo Noonuccul Indigenous Poetry Award - 2019 Application Form

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    Please upload your original poem (or suite of poems). Please not not include your name on the document. Acceptable files are WORD or PDF documents.
    I identify as belonging to Quandamooka people and wish to be considered for the highest-placed Quandamooka entry of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize.