Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

To have something is to be able to recognise it, even in the dark. – Thomas Shapcott

2020 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Named in honour of a distinguished Queensland poet, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript is committed to encouraging emerging Queensland poets. Now in its 18th year, this prestigious prize for an unpublished poetry manuscript comes with total prize money of $2,000 and a publishing contract. This prize is funded by Arts Queensland and supported by (University of Queensland Press) UQP.

1st Prize:
$2000 cash
Publishing contract with University of Queensland Press
A book launch at QPF 2021

Deadline for receipt of applications: by 5pm Monday 4th May 2020

The winner will be announced at the Queensland Poetry Awards on Friday 31st July 2020.

Previous winners: Luke Best, Anna Jacobson, Rae White, Shastra Deo, Stuart Barnes, Krissy Kneen, David Stavanger, R.A. (Rachael) Briggs, Nicholas Powell, Lidja Cvetkovic, Rosanna Licari, Jaya Savige, Nathan Shepherdson, Angela Gardner, Sarah Holland-Batt, Felicity Plunkett, Vladislav Nekliaev


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

Thank you for your entries. The 2020 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize is now closed for submissions.