Established 1977



      $1,000 First Prize, $300 Second Prize, $200 Third prize

$100 Martin Downey Urban Realist Award

Plus Book Vouchers for Highly Commended

            & Books for Commended


Competition Judge – Jennifer Compton



  • poems should be in English, unpublished, not accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere and must be your original work
  • poems should not be entered in any other competition, or have previously been a winner

               in any other competition

  • may be on any theme, maximum 50 lines and must be typed.
  • use of standard font such as Times Roman 12pt or Calibri double spaced is desirable
  • shall not bear the poet’s name
  • entries should be received by Friday 25 October 2013, or postmarked that date
  • entries must be accompanied by cheque/money order payable to Melbourne Poets Union
  • and addressed to Melbourne Poets Union, PO Box 266, Flinders Lane, Vic 8009
  • Reading fee: $10 per poem, or $ 18 for 2 poems, $ 24 for 3 poems (no cash please)
  • Net-banking: BSB: 063 010   1005 4087


  • entry fees are not refundable
  • there is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit
  • failure to meet any of these conditions shall render the poems ineligible
  • results will be published on social media, or please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope (SSAE) for results
  • the  judge’s decision is final – no correspondence shall be entered into
  • MPU reserves the right to publish the winning poem/s on their website
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Contact for MPU Inc Wendy Fleming 

03 9467 8249

Downloadable Entry Forms found at MPU’s Website:


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