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Friday, December 02, 2016

Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2016 - ENTER NOW

Ends on January 15, 2017        

$20.00 AUD
The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is an annual competition inaugurated by FAWWA in 1975 in memory of Australian author Joseph Furphy (1843 - 1912) who wrote under the name Tom Collins. It is one of Australia’s most prestigious poetry prizes, with first place being awarded a $1,000 prize.

This year the entry fee is $20 for up to three poems. So why not enter two or three poems instead of one – the total fee you’ll pay is $20!

The prizegiving will be at Voicebox in Fremantle in February 2017.

Entries close 15 January 2017, so get writing and enter now!

Terms and conditions:
Opening date: 22 November 2016
Closing date:  15 January 2017 (midnight AWST)
Line limit for each poem: 60 lines
Prizes: First $1,000; Second $200; Third $100. 4 x Highly Commended will receive certificates.

Entry Fee: $20 (maximum of three poems per poet)
  1. Entrants must currently reside in Australia.
  2. All work must be works of fiction and previously unpublished, including e-publishing. Work broadcast on radio, television or film, or performed as plays, are classified as published. Any story that has been awarded or commended in any previous competition is not eligible to enter.
  3. Any poem that is under consideration in another competition is ineligible.
  4. The Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia (FAWWA) reserves the right to publish the winning, second place and highly commended entries in its publications (including web site).
  5. Non-award winning poems will be responsibly destroyed after the competition. Ensure you keep a copy.
  6. The real name of the poet must not appear on the poem submission. All entries will be judged blind through the Submittable portal (identifying information will not be made available to the judge).
  7. Entries must be submitted via Submittable. Poems can be uploaded in .docx, .doc, .pdf and .rtf format (sensible font, font size and spacing to be used).  Each poem should be uploaded as a separate file. Entries submitted via regular mail or email are ineligible and will be responsibly destroyed.
  8. Maximum of three poems per author.
  9. Entry fee of $20 will be collected via online payment on Submittable. No other form of payment is acceptable. No refunds will be given. Payments submitted outside of Submittable or in relation to ineligible entries will not be returned.
  10. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  11. Shortlisted writers will be notified via email and the winner announced at the prizegiving at Voicebox in February 2017. Results will be published on the FAWWA website
  12. FAWWA Committee members are not eligible to enter.
For any general queries contact FAWWA at

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The VERSO Book Awards

Announcing the Inaugural 
The Verso Book Awards 2017
the book as a work of art  
at Kinross House, 603 Toorak Rd, Toorak, Melbourne, VIC 3142
1 to 16 July 2017 – and part of  Melbourne Rare Book Week
The Verso Book Awards are administered by the publisher of Verso Magazine and are devoted to The Book as a Work of Art in Australia and New Zealand. The Awards are open to all citizens and residents over the age of eighteen in both countries.
The Verso Book Awards carries a first prize of AUD $2500, with two second prizes, each receiving AUD $1000. The winners will be the subject of a special essay in Verso Magazine. All exhibitors will be featured in a full-colour catalog of the exhibition.

For full terms and conditions and Entry Forms, reply to this email.

Best wishes
Alan Loney, publisher

Monday, November 28, 2016


The sense of the world is short,—
Long and various the report,—
              To love and be beloved;
Men and gods have not outlearned it;
And, how oft soe’er they’ve turned it,
             ’Tis not to be improved.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Have fun! Make your own John-Cage type Poems

Have you visited ModPo's own "Mesostic Poem Generator"? Make your own quasi-unintentional poem. Try on some semi-unoriginality! Post to the Facebook group or to the forums!

Saturday, November 19, 2016


about the nape of
garden Buddha's sunburnt head
white daisies

(after Issa)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ron Pretty Poetry Prize NOW OPEN


Submissions for the 2016 Ron Pretty Poetry Prize are now open!

First Prize: $5000
Second Prize: $1500
Third Prize: $750

Judge: Ron Pretty
Opening Date: 15 July 2016
Closing Date: 22 November 2016

Enter Here .