Poems must be in English and be the
original work of entrants.
Poems must be unpublished (including
on any website or blog), must not
have won any other competition, and
must not be under consideration by
any publisher, literary journal or for
any other prize for the duration of
Entrants must be 18 years and over, an Australian resident or a New Zealander residing in Australia. Any international student currently studying at an Australian university may also apply.
ACU staff members (except the panel
of judges) and ACU students are
eligible to enter.
Entrants’ names must not appear on
any page of the work, and only on the
Pages should be numbered, and the
title of the poem should appear on
Entries should be submitted in Arial or Times New Roman font size 12 and in the following Word formats only .doc, docx.
Each poem must not exceed 80 lines.
Entry is possible online via the
webpage. Entries will not be accepted
by email or fax. All entries will be
retained by the University.
Entries open on Monday 6th April
2020 and the closing date for entries
is 5:00pm EST Monday 6th July 2020.
Multiple entries are permitted online.
While each entry requires an entry fee,
multiple entries may be paid for with
one credit card transaction.
If entrants withdraw their entry, the
entry fee will not be refunded.
No changes can be made to a poem
once received by ACU.
Incomplete entries will be considered
invalid, and not be processed.
Valid entries cannot be withdrawn
after the Prize closing date of Monday
6th July 2020.
The judges reserve the right not to
award the Prize.
Copyright will remain with the
author. ACU reserves the right to
quote extracts from poems, but not to
exceed ‘fair dealing’ provisions of the
Copyright Act, in order to promote
the ACU Prize for Poetry.
Winning and commended authors
grant ACU a non-exclusive royalty-free
licence to publish poems in full on the
ACU website, publications and other
Shortlisted entrants will be notified
The winning, highly commended and
shortlisted poems will be announced
on 22nd September 2020. Results will
be published on the ACU website
and may be published in external
publications including newspapers,
magazines etc. The winning and
commended works will be displayed
at the awards ceremony which will
be held in Melbourne on the 22nd
The judges’ decision will be final and
no correspondence about the result
will be entered into.