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The 2016 Scanlon Prize

For poetry from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers Submissions Now Open Awarded to an outstanding single-author collection of poetry by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer, we are thrilled to be putting out our call for the 2016 Scanlon... read more

Australian Poets Festival continues to excite

In May the Australian Poets Festival 2016 program was part of four events across the NT WordStorm festival in Darwin (4-6 May) and last weekend’s brilliant Sydney Writers’ Festival program. Thanks to NT WordStorm’s artistic director, Sally Bothroyd,... read more

call it song, this unison,

                 it is without end

                Sarah Holland-Batt

NSW Poetry Slam finalist Lewis Trathen @ Django Bar

Caravan Slam will present 2015 NSW l Poetry Slam finalist Lewis Trathen, plus open mic session (3 minutes, original work). Book at https://www.facebook.com/events/260844717609299/, and confirm when the doors open.  Thursday 7 July, 7.30 pm (doors open for 8.00 pm...
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The Spinifex 25 Years Big Poetry Read

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Poetry Pedlars

Date and time: 21st March 2016 – 19th September 2016 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Location: Maggie’s Place, Paterson Street, Launceston. Keen to join a society of poets and wordsmiths for a regular monthly evening of verse and rhyme? Join a group of fellow...
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CREATIVE ARTS FELLOWSHIP FOR AUSTRALIAN WRITING

Applications are now open and close 1 July 2016. The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust, a generous bequest made to the Library by Eva Kollsman in honour of her friend,...
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Contemporary Poetry Reading: Words in Winter Trentham

Sponsored by Trentham Trumpet Write your poem and submit it here. Fifteen poems will be selected and shortlisted and the poets invited to read at the Contemporary Poetry Reading (details below).   The Cath Pye prize of $100 will be awarded at this event, and the...
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Bush Poetry

Sponsored by the Trentham Historical Society. Our bush poetry session in Trentham for ‘Words in Winter’ is a great occasion when performers and audience all thoroughly enjoy the proceedings. This year we hope the challenge of the theme, “Silence”, will...
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2016 Write-ability Fellowships open

Applications for the 2016 Write-ability Fellowships are now open. Five writers with disability will be offered professional development opportunities at Writers Victoria.  Each fellow will receive an individual Write-ability Fellowship professional development plan...
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Ellen Kemp Memorial Writer’s Prize

Words in Winter is looking for original stories that use the concept, word or engage in an experience real or imaginary, of ‘silence.’ 3000 word limit for adults and 1500 word limit for under 18s $10 entry fee for adults / U18s free  Entries open now, close 15...
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Chinese Writers Festival announced

Writers Victoria, Australia Chinese Writers Festival and Yarra Libraries are proud to present a new Chinese Writers Festival to be held on Sunday 28th August 2016 at Richmond Library. The completely bilingual festival will include a mix of keynotes and panels...
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Launch of ‘Buddha’s Left Foot’

Joan Cahill’s first collection of poetry ‘Buddha’s Left Foot’ will be launched at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on Saturday, 20th August at 1.30pm. Joan Cahill is a poet from the Riverina in New South Wales and has been a member of Australian Poetry...
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CREATIVE ARTS FELLOWSHIP FOR AUSTRALIAN WRITING

Applications are now open and close 1 July 2016. The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust, a generous bequest made to the Library by Eva Kollsman in honour of her friend,... read more

The 2016 Scanlon Prize

For poetry from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers Submissions Now Open Awarded to an outstanding single-author collection of poetry by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer, we are thrilled to be putting out our call for the 2016 Scanlon... read more

2016 JOHN MARSDEN & HACHETTE PRIZE FOR YOUNG WRITERS

Entries are now open for The 2016 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers! Now in its eleventh year, the prize is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students across three categories: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Fifteen... read more

becoming rai

             racing through sky

flying toward us
           from far away

Verse 2, Bulu Line, George Dyungayan’s Bulu Line – A West Kimberley Song Cycle   

Ed. & Trans. Stuart Cooke