In its 6th year, the Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word is Australia’s only national arts award that recognises the growing field of spoken word and is named after the former 2010 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Emily XYZ, who left a deep impression on many of today’s Queensland spoken word artists. It is open to applicants Australia-wide.
1ST PRIZE: $1,000
Highest QLD entry: Performance opportunity at Queensland Poetry Festival 2021
Prize-winners will be published online by
Melbourne Spoken Word.

The winners will be announced at the Queensland Poetry Awards on Friday 31st July 2020.

Deadline for receipt of applications: by 5pm Monday 4th May 2020.
Previous winners: Fable Goldsmith, Anisa Nandaula, Quinn Eades, Benjamin Wild, Manna Marvel



The Queensland Poetry Awards are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.