.Australian Poetry, based at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, acknowledges the custodians and owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

Australian Poetry Anthology 2020 Submissions

We invite all Australian Poetry subscribers to submit to the Australian Poetry Anthology, Volume 8 2020. Submissions to the Anthology opened on Monday, 24 February, and close 11.59 pm, 15 March 2020. The Anthology will be published in May/June, with ACCEPTANCES only...

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Announcing the 2019 Anne Elder Award Judging Panel

The three judges for the 2019 Anne Elder Award panel are Gig Ryan, Marcella Polain and Rae White. Gig and Marcella are former recipients of this significant award, and Rae was commended in last year’s prize. Marcella Polain was born in Singapore, and migrated to...

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the tears
    the pelicans are leaving us like a line of words
 quicker than

the tongue drift glide sail waft fly   
fly away 
 something happened here.

     —  ‘Flight FeathersEllen Van Neerven

XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word

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...

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize

Queensland Poetry Festival is very proud to again present Australia’s only open-age Indigenous poetry prize for an unpublished poem. Named in honour after Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse, after receiving permission from...

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Poetry London Competition

The Poetry London Prize is a major, internationally renowned award for a single outstanding poem. Entries are open from 13 February to 1 May 2020.  First Prize: £5,000 Second Prize: £2,000 Third Prize: £1,000 The first prize has been won by and helped launch the...

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Poetry On The Move 2020

Founded in 2015, the University of Canberra's Poetry on the Move is a fully curated festival run by the International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra. IPSI’s objectives are to promote poetry as a globally valuable art form through the engagement...

Words for Now: Poetry as Processing

not in Aus, mate bad things don’t happen here our beaches are open they are not places where bloodied mattresses burn Australian Poetry is thrilled to announce that we are taking to the digital stage with this incredible evening in collaboration with The Wheeler...

A Note from Poetry on the Move

The University of Canberra’s Poetry on the Move festival and COVID-19. The University of Canberra’s Centre for Creative and Cultural Research is responding to ongoing uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus by heeding the advice of experts and the government, and...

Melbourne Launch: Navigable Ink by Jennifer Mackenzie

Please join Transit Lounge publishing for the launch of Jennifer McKenzie's new book, Navigable Ink. April 1, 6pm Launched by Lucy Van A homage to the Indonesian writer, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, “This intricate, inventive collection of poems compels the reader to follow...

MPU Poetry Far & Wide Open Mic Event

    Tomorrow from 18:30-20:30       Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053 Melbourne Poets Union opens its 2020 program by inviting all poets & poetry lovers to an open mic reading &...

Gathering Grounds

GATHERING GROUND: WALKING, TALKING AND WRITING PLACE WITH KELLY LEE HICKEYALICE: March 21 Walking and writing have a long history together. Gathering Ground is an invitation to this explore this tradition through three weekends of writing walkshops. Each week a...

Launch: Labour and Other Poems by Astrid Lorange

Melbourne: Sunday 22 March 3pm - 5pm, The Alderman @ 134 Lygon St, Brunswick East Sydney: Saturday 29 Feb 4pm - 6pm, Frontyard @ 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville Please join us at the Sydney or Melbourne launch of Astrid Lorange’s new book Labour and other Poems. This...

Long service leave: a sick leave fundraiser

6pm Saturday November 16Arena Project Space2 Kerr St Fitzroy friends, enemies, comrades...sick leave is a monthly reading series and journal that celebrates new, weird, difficult and interesting writing -- whatever form it takes. sick leave is very...

Book Launch: Where Only the Sky had Hung Before, by Toby Fitch, Vagabond Press

The Alderman East Brunswick Friday 15 November7pm. Launch of a poetry book with Vagabond PressMelinda Bufton will host, Lisa Gorton will give a speech, Readings by other poets too —Ann Vickery, Grace Yee, Harry Reid, Chloe Wilson, and Luke Beesley.   ...