2016 Awards

We are delighted to announce QPF’s 2016 Prizes and Awards are now open. This year there are three Arts Queensland Poetry Awards, as well the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award and announcing the inaugural Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize.

 

Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem

only after fifteen notes / did silence grip its tongue

– from Val Vallis’s ‘The Ballad of Changi Chimes’

Named in honour of a distinguished Queensland poet, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem is committed to encouraging poets throughout Australia. Now in its 17th year, this prestigious prize for an unpublished poem (or suite of poems) of 100 lines or less comes with a total value of $2,000 including support from Queensland Writers Centre and winning entries to be published online in Cordite, both of whom are great supporters of this prize.

 

2016 Selection panel: Chloe Wilson & Robert Sullivan (NZ)

 

Previous winners: Andrew Last, Chloe Wilson, Brett Dionysius, Rachael Briggs, Nathan Shepherdson, Rebecca Edwards, Bronwyn Lea, Michelle Cahill, Anna Krien, Jaya Savige, Ynes Sanz

 

Download guidelines & entry form: Val Vallis Entry Form 2016

Note: Entries now close at 5pm July 19th 2016.

 

 

 

Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

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

Named in honour of this distinguished Queensland poet, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript is committed to encouraging emerging Queensland poets. Now in its 14th year, this prestigious prize comes with total prize money of $2,000 and publication with UQP.

 

2016 Selection panel: Felicity Plunkett & Justin Clemens (main judges.) Note: Thomas Shapcott will also have an honourary role in the final selection of the winner.

 

Previous winners: Stuart Barnes, Krissy Kneen, David Stavanger, Rachael Briggs, Nicholas Powell, Rosanna Licari, Jaya Savige, Rosanna Licari, Nathan Shepherdson, Angela Gardner, Sarah Holland-Batt, Felicity Plunkett

 

Download guidelines & submission forms: Thomas Shapcott Entry Form 2016

Note: Entries now close at 5pm July 19th 2016.

 

 

 

XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word

I wanna hear a little revolution ~ from ‘Revolution’ by Emily XYZ

The Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word is Australia’s only arts award that recognises the growing field of spoken word, and is named after the former 2010 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Emily XYZ, who left a deep impression on many of today’s Queensland spoken word artists. Open to all Australian residents, this award comes with total prize money of $1000 with winning entries also to be published online by Going Down Swinging. Queensland Writers Centre will also offer membership and workshop credit to the highest QLD entry.

 

2016 Selection panel: Eleanor Jackson + the 2016 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence

 

Previous winners: (v)aisle of caprice by Manna Marvel, 2015

 

Download guidelines & submission forms: XYZ Award Entry Form 2016

Note: Entries now close at 5pm July 19th 2016.

 

The winners of the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott, Val Vallis, and XYZ Prizes will be announced at the Poetry Awards night at Queensland Poetry Festival, 7pm-830pm on Thursday 25 August 2016 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. QPF has the pleasure of administering these Arts Queensland Poetry Prizes on behalf of the Queensland Government. University of Queensland Press, Queensland Writers Centre, Cordite Poetry Review, and Verity La are all proud supporters of these awards.

 

 

 

 

OTHER 2016 QPF POETRY PRIZES

 

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

QPF are very proud to announce a new poetry award this year, Australia’s only open-age Indigenous poetry prize for an unpublished poem, the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize. Named in honour after Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse, the prize has been named after receiving permission from Oodgeroo’s family and in close consultation with Quandamooka Festival.

 

The Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize is for an Unpublished Poem and is open to indigenous poets, emerging and established, throughout Australia. The prize for a single poem (or suite of poems) of 100 lines or less comes with a first prize of $2,000 + mentoring sessions with an established Indigenous poet, and the highest-placed Quandamooka entry will receive $500 plus 12 months membership & workshop credit from Queensland Writers Centre. The winning and highly commended entries will also be published online by Overland.

 

QPF would like to thank Copyright Agency for funding this prize, as well as the support of Queensland Writers Centre, Overland and Quandamooka Festival. QPF also thanks the Walker family for their support in the naming this prize.

 

2016 Selection panel: Sam Wagan Watson & Melissa Lucashenko

 

Download guidelines & submission forms: Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize. Entry Form 2016

Entries close at 5pm July 25th 2016.

 

 

 

The Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award

June Tupicoff. Evening light 2015. oil on linen. 137.5 x 183 cm

QPF is proud to announce the return of the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award in 2016. This new award is in its second year, named after one of Australia’s premier art dealers, Philip Bacon, who has agreed to be the patron of Queensland’s only ekphrastic prize.

The word ‘ekphrasis’ comes from the Greek ek ‘out’ and phrasis ‘speak’, as well as the verb ekphrazein, which means to call an inanimate object by name. Artistically, ekphrasis is a rhetorical device in which a visual object, usually a work of art, is vividly described by another artistic medium – in this case, a poem under 12 lines in length. Open to all Australian residents, the overall winner will receive $500 in prize money and the runner-up $250, and the top three poems will be published online in Verity La.

 

Previous winners: Rosanna Licari, 2015

 

2016 Judging panel: Nathan Shepherdson & Chloë Callistemon

 

2016 Painting selection: Philip Bacon has selected five paintings from his own collection (see link to PDF below for full images.)

Download guidelines & submission forms: Philip Bacon Entry Form 2016

Entries now close for the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award at 5pm July 19th 2016.

 

If you have any queries regarding any of these awards, please contact Annie Te Whiu at Queensland Poetry Festival info@queenslandpoetryfestival.com

 

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