Google+ Followers

Friday, September 15, 2017


In the most famous literary essay of the twentieth century T S Eliot wrote of “Tradition and the Individual Talent”, arguing that no poet’s work has its meaning alone. This series of discussion groups comprises twelve sessions, meeting fortnightly; commencing Wednesday, November 1, 2017 18:00 20:00.
Each session will begin with a talk on the poets and the period by Dennis Haskell, and will examine the tradition of poetry from Great Britain from a contemporary poet’s point of view as well as that of a literary scholar followed by group discussion. It is aimed at a greater understanding of the poetry of the past and the way the history of English poetic practice informs contemporary writing.
The total cost is $120 and all proceeds go to WAPI and the Centre for Stories.
Text: The Norton Anthology of Poetry, ed. Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter & Jon Stallworthy. 5th edn; NY: Norton, 2005.
There will be a maximum of 20 participants. Enrolment is via the Centre for Stories website:

Closing Date: Sunday 23rd of September 2017
2017 Competition Judge - Judith Rodriguez
First prize – Leon Shann Award $AU1,500
Second Prize $AU500,
Third prize $AU200
Martin Downey Urban Realist Award $AU100
Book Vouchers for 3 Highly Commended &
Books for 6 Commended Poems
 Details at

Monday, September 04, 2017


We are very sorry to hear of the loss of our admired and beloved contributor John Ashbery.
I don’t know what the poet that I am is, very much. I was rather an outsider as a child—I didn’t have many friends. We lived out in the country on a farm. I had a younger brother whom I didn’t get along with—we were always fighting the way kids do—and he died at the age of nine. I felt guilty because I had been so nasty to him, so that was a terrible shock. These are experiences which have been important to me. I don’t know quite how they may have fed into my poetry. My ambition was to be a painter, so I took weekly classes at the art museum in Rochester from the age of about eleven until fifteen or sixteen. I fell deeply in love with a girl who was in the class but who wouldn’t have anything to do with me. So I went to this weekly class knowing that I would see this girl, and somehow this being involved with art may have something to do with my poetry. Also, my grandfather was a professor at the University of Rochester, and I lived with them as a small child and went to kindergarten and first grade in the city. I always loved his house; there were lots of kids around, and I missed all this terribly when I went back to live with my parents. Then going back there each week for art class was a returning to things I had thought were lost, and gave me a curious combination of satisfaction and dissatisfaction. —John Ashbery, The Art of Poetry No. 33

Friday, September 01, 2017



Applications are now open!
(Closing Date: Sunday 23rd of September 2017)

See below for entry forms and details.

Award show will be held on Friday November 24th at Collected Works  -
​check the upcoming events page. It's going to be a nail biting rush of excitement to find out who wins.

2017 Competition Judge - Judith Rodriguez

​First prize – Leon Shann Award $AU1,500

Second Prize $AU500, Third prize $AU200

Martin Downey Urban Realist Award $AU100

Book Vouchers for 3 Highly Commended
& Books for 6 Commended Poems

see below for payment methods
File Size: 154 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File

Melbourne Poets Union IPC Payment

Email entries to: <>


Post entries to: MPU International Poetry Competition, PO Box 266, Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 8009, Australia.

ENTRY $10 per poem


 All poems entered must be written in English, typed in a standard font (such as Times Roman, Garamond or Calibri) in 12pt, with a maximum of 50 lines.

 Poems must be the original work of an individual author, unpublished, not accepted or submitted for publication,
and not have been entered in any other competition.

 All poems must be accompanied by a single completed entry form. Entry forms may be downloaded from the MPU website
 The author's name or any identification must NOT appear on the same page(s) as the poem.

 There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit.

 The entry fee is $AU10 for each poem entered. Entry fees are not refundable.

 Entries may be submitted by email or by post.

 Email entries: poems and the completed entry form should be submitted as a single MS Word file or PDF attachment via the MPU website by midnight Sunday 23 September 2017.

Prior payment of the entry fee must be made online to:
Account name: Melbourne Poets Union, BSB: 063 010, Account number: 1005 4087.

The author's name must appear as the 'Message/Reference'. This payment can also be made at any CBA branch or Post Office.

 Postal entries: poems and the completed entry form should be sent to MPU International Poetry Competition, PO Box 266, Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 8009, Australia and received by Sunday 23 September 2017.

Entries must be accompanied by a cheque or money order payable to Melbourne Poets Union for the appropriate amount. Please do not send cash.

 Shortlisted poets will be notified by telephone or email before Friday 3 November 2017.

 Announcement of results and presentation of awards for all the prize-winning poems will take place at the Awards Night on Friday 24 November 2017 at 6.30 p.m. at Collected Works, Swanston St, Melbourne.

All prize-winners will be invited to read their poems at the event.

 The competition results will be published on the MPU website and Facebook. MPU reserves the right to publish the winning poems on their website and FB and subsequent anthology.

 Judith Rodriguez will judge the competition. Her decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

File Size: 154 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File

Melbourne Poets Union IPC Payment

(Closing Date: Sunday 23rd of September 2017)

NOW Open

Proudly sponsored by:

Black Inc Books -

Black Pepper Publishing -

The Paperback Bookshop -

and Wendy Fleming - CLICK HERE

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Queensland Poetry Festival 2017 poetry awards winners


Queensland Poetry Festival would like to announce the winners for the three main Arts Queensland Poetry Awards: the Thomas Shapcott, the Val Vallis, and the XYZ.


Rae White Milk Teeth
Highly Commended
Luke Best Percussion
Mindy Gill August Burns the Sky
Rae White Milk Teeth
Jonathan Hadwen The Gone Day


Quietly, on the way to Mars – Bronwyn Lovell 
Highest Placed Queensland Entry
The Future of Music – Laurie Keim
Highly Commended
His Master’s Voice – Jeff Guess
9(after) HER dating app adventures Rebecca Jessen
Buying satin dresses at Yu Garden – Ella Jeffery


Monday June 27  – Quinn Eades
Highest Placed Queensland Entry
Fight with my soul  – Anisa Nandaula
Highly Commended
25 words or less – Brendan Bonsack
This street was once a river – Sean M Whelan
Arguing with gravity – Maddie Godfrey
Congratulations to all winning and highly commended poets from QPF. 
The winners  of the Philip Bacon Award and Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize are:


Jeanine Leane – Historians
Sachem Parkin-Owens – My Ancestors
Highest Placed Quandamooka Entry
Sachem Parkin-Owens – My Ancestors
Highly Commended
Grace Lucas-Pennington – On Arrival
Rachel Bos – Tick Tock 
Ashleigh Johnstone – Fragments of the Shadow People


Dael Allison – Gethsemane, Bribie Island 1958
Highly Commended
Magdalena Ball – Agony in the Garden
Madison Godfrey – Three Winters
Joe Dolce – Homage to Shead
Joe Dolce – Too Late for Taxidermy

Congratulations to all the winning and highly commended poets from QPF. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

The PETER PORTER Poetry Prize 2018 Open Now

     The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia's most prestigious prizes for a new poem. The Prize – now open to all poets writing in English – is named after the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010). The Prize was first awarded in 2005 (Stephen Edgar) and was renamed in 2011, following Peter Porter's death. Past winners include Tracy Ryan, Judith Beveridge, and Anthony Lawrence. To date, Judith Bishop is the only poet to win the Prize twice.
Each year all the shortlisted poems are published in the magazine, giving them equal prominence. The overall winner (who receives $5,000 and an Arthur Boyd print) is then named at a subsequent ceremony along with a runner-up who receives $2,000. The other three shortlisted poets receive $500.

Entries are now open for the 2018 Porter Prize (now worth $8,500).

Click here for more information about the 2018 Porter Prize.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions page before contacting us with queries about the Porter Prize.
Click here for more information about past winners and to read their poems.
Click here for more information about the 2018 judges.

The unicorn and the angel was produced by Arthur Boyd to illustrate the book of poems by Peter Porter, entitled the Lady and the Unicorn (Secker & Warburg, London, 1975). The print is generously donated by Ivan Durrant in honour of Georges Mora.

Peter Porter portrait 1

We gratefully acknowledge the long-standing support of Ms Morag Fraser AM, and the support of ABR Patrons. The print is donated by Mr Ivan Durrant in honour of Georges Mora.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hurry up and Enter

All queries can be directed to:;
Glenn Greening ph. 03 8744 0200; or Mica Meerbach ph. 03 8734 2600