Entries are now open for one of Australia’s richest poetry prizes, the 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry, with poets from all over the country competing for the coveted $10,000 first prize.

The 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme Solace, reflecting on Anne Frank’s supposition, “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God…. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”

Entries close on 8 July and winners will be announced in September.

Celebrated Australian poet Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM will judge the prize.

Father Anthony Casamento says, “The number of entries and the calibre of writing we receive each year demonstrates that poetry and the process of artistic creation continues to be alive and well in Australia.”

1st Prize: $10,000

2nd Prize: $5000

3rd Prize: $3000