Key dates for the 2018 Award

Open call for entries – Monday, 21 January 2019
Close of entries – Friday, 8 March 2019, 5pm (AEST) (Books must be postmarked no later than 8 March 2019)
Winner announcement – Wednesday, 10 April 2019


Information and enquiries

Jacinta Le Plastrier
CEO /Publisher, Australian Poetry

Telephone: 03 9094 7829

Australian Poetry is thrilled to announce the opening date for nominations for the 2018 Anne Elder Award. The award is named after Australian poet, Anne Elder, 1918-1976. Sponsored by Anne’s daughter, Cathie, this prestigious, national, annual award is for a sole-authored first book of poetry of 20-minimum pages in length, published in Australia.

Established in 1977, the prize has offered important recognition to poets at a critical point in their writing lives, and its alumni represent some of Australia’s best-known and highly respected poets. The winner is awarded $1,000, and there is also the opportunity for the judging panel, which for the 2018 Award will comprise two judges (details to be announced), to award other books a commendation or special mention.

Books published between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 are eligible for entry into the 2018 Anne Elder Award.

Submission Guidelines & Eligibility

  • Open to Australian residents only
  • Entries must be in English. Bilingual volumes are acceptable as long as one of the languages in which the poems are written/translated is English
  • Book should be a sole-authored first collection of poetry published in 2018
  • Book must be 20+ pages in length and have been legally deposited with the National Library of Australia. 
  • A book can only be considered a first volume if the author has not had previous volumes of poetry of 20+ pages published either in Australia or elsewhere
  • Chapbooks are also eligible if they meet the above guidelines
  • Entrants who have previously published in another genre are eligible as long as the entry submitted for this award is the first volume of poetry published by the author
  • Co-authored entries are not eligible for the award
  • Entry fee $25 (including GST) is payable at the time of entry. Payment is invited by cheque or email to be invoiced via EFT payment
  • First prize $1,000 plus certificate.  Winners and commended entrants will receive a copy of Selected Poems of Anne Elder (Lauranton Press)
  • The judges reserve the right not to award a prize
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • Send 3 copies of the book to: Anne Elder Award Nominations, c/o Australian Poetry, Level 3, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne Vic 3000.

Anne Elder was a dancer with the Borovansky Ballet in the 1940s who later in life became a fine poet. Her poetry attracted praise from many critics for its vigour, depth of reference and distinctive artistry.  A biography and book of selected poems has recently been published to mark the centenary of Elder’s birth and can be ordered from the publisher, Lauranton Press, through or from Readings bookshops.