In partnership with Kalang Retreat, Australian Poetry is pleased to announce The Kalang Award. 

The prize is available to one Australian poet (a current Australian Poetry subscriber) who is able to take up Summer residency from December 8th – 13th 2017 at Kalang Retreat, Somers, Victoria. All residency fees, breakfast and evening meals are waivered; however, it is the responsibility of the winner to supply their own lunch, and to make their way to and from Somers.

Only Australian Poetry subscribers are able to apply for this residency, your subscription must be up to date when applications close. If are not yet a subscriber, go here. 


Kalang Retreat is a dedicated place for writers, situated in the coastal township of Somers on the Western Port Bay. Our residents draw inspiration from this unique landscape, often allowing nature to inform their work. With exceptional diversity of fauna and flora, there are new worlds and nearby seaside panoramas to invigorate the imagination.

For those applying for the award, tell us about your work and the creative activities you have planned during your residency at Kalang by sending a 150-word bio, a brief project outline (1/2 page), including up to four pages of poems concerning eco-poetics, natural history or science, botany, birdlife or habitat (no more than 4 pages).

Application deadline by 11.59 pm, Tuesday October 10th 2017

Kalang Award Application Form

By filling in the application form, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of the Kalang Award.

Kalang Retreat acknowledges the Boon Wurrung, the traditional custodians of this land both past and present. We encourage First Nations poets to apply.

The award will be decided by a jury comprising Australian Poetry and Kalang Retreat associates.

Winner announced Wednesday October 25th 2017.

For further information, visit the Kalang Retreat website.