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For the interest of Australian poets who may not have known about it:

:bulletblue:The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

The Prize has been endowed by Bruce Dawe, one of Australia's best-loved and most widely read poets, as an annual $1,500 award to encourage poets throughout Australia. The endowment is held in trust by the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, and administered by the Faculty of Arts.  The prize is judged by the English Literature staff of the Faculty, chaired by Dr Chris Lee.

Bruce Dawe said the decision to endow the prize stemmed from a belief that all universities should encourage the practice of the arts within Australian society.

It is hoped that this prize will support poets and help recognise the important contribution they make to Australian culture.


1  The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize is open to all Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
2  The Prize will be awarded to an original, unpublished poem not exceeding 50 lines. There are no generic or thematic constraints.
3  Entries will not be under offer to any publication, or offered for publication, until the adjudication is finalized and the winner is notified.
4  The Prize will normally be awarded to a single poem/poet, with up to three unpaid highly-commended entries notified.  The winner will be notified personally, and announced on the website the first week of November.
5  Entrants may submit no more than three poems for consideration.
6  Each single entry must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of A$6.00 per poem for administration expenses, ie: one poem, A$6.00, two poems A$12.00, three poems A$18.00. Personal cheques, bank cheques, postal/money orders should be made payable to: USQ.
7  As a copy of the Entry Form can be kept for tax purposes, receipts will not be issued unless requested.
8  Entries should normally be typed, one side only, on A4 paper.
9  Personal details should not appear on any manuscript to ensure discretion and fair-dealing in the adjudication process. Please supply full details as required on the separate Entry Form.
10  Do not submit original manuscripts. Please submit copies only of poems.  If you would like your poem/s returned, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  Entries will be retained for twelve months.
11  The Trustee of the Prize accepts no liability for loss or damage of manuscripts.
12  The decision of the Trustee's adjudication panel is final. No subsequent correspondence will be entered into.
13  The judges reserve the right not to award the Prize in any given year.

The competition closes on 31st July

There is an entry form available at the website.
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wernstrum Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2004
this shoud be put into poetry. Thank God I stumbled onto it on the front page :)
celestiality Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2004
wow.... *rubs hands together* im so glad i have til July.... and also that i live in australian :D
valkyre Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2004   Interface Designer
If I speak like Steve Irwin, do I get to enter the contest?
celestiality Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2004
*shudders* its so painful that whenever people think of Australia - they think of him!
conspiracytheory Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2004   Photographer
or Crocodile Dundee =/
celestiality Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2004
oh god, him too!
*shakes her head in shame* its so embarrassing!
hellsie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2004   Writer
might as well give it a go. i seriously, seriously doubt i'll get it, but competitions are fun. I wonder, are under 18's allowed? it didn't say anything in the conditions. but having to pay 6 bucks for each entry is a bit dodge. hmmm.
scart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2004
Got a friend that can use this info but my latest poem is over 300 lines long and still going so looks like I got no chance.

So much for being a minimilist ;-)

snarfevs Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2004   Artist
No thematic constraints? I have a feeling the adjudication will naturally favour the most 'Australian' of the poems regardless...

Still sounds interesting, seeing that I'm in Canberra and am curs'd with terse verse...
darkcrescendo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2004  Hobbyist Writer
Look at some of the past winners.

That will give you a better idea.

kyng Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2004  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, I will pass this on to all my poets :)
Blade707 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004  Student Photographer
i wish i was a poet :(
alchemism Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
Sounds like a great opportunity. Jump on it.
ToxiqVampyr Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
:O_o: Aw. Aussies get it all >.>; XD
HildeKnight Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
Damn, I wish I were Austrailian... And a poet. Could use that money. :P
mcmidgetman Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
wish i was austrailian
Ozymandias- Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
I wish I lived in australia...:(
mirrorkills Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'll have to pass this on to a friend thats for sure.
rustkill Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
Cool. Time to put on my poet hat and get to work! I sure could use the cash! Muhahaha!
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March 25, 2004