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Queensland Poetry Festival is very proud to again present Australia’s only open-age Indigenous poetry prize for an unpublished poem.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 and paid QPF Panacea Poets Performance opportunity

Highest Quandamooka entry: Performance opportunity at Queensland Poetry Festival 2021 and paid QPF Panacea Poets opportunity.

Winners + highly commended will also be published in Overland journal online.

Deadline for receipt of applications extended to: 5pm Monday 4 May 2020.

Previous Winners: Brenda Saunders, Andrew Booth / Julie Janson, Jeanine Leane, Sachem Parkin-Owens


Thank you for your entries. The 2020 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Prize is now closed for submissions. 

The winners will be announced online in the Queensland Poetry Awards video on Friday 31st July 2020.



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.