The 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry aims to support writers and to continue the tradition of the Catholic Church as a key patron of the arts. Following the success of the Prize in previous years, the ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme ‘Solace.’
Entry open day:
Monday 8th April 2019
Entry close day:
Monday 8th July 2019
$25 per poem
First prize: $10,000 Second prize: $5,000 Third prize: $3,000
The prize is made possible through the sponsorship of the Office of the Vice President at Australian Catholic University.
The annual ACU Prize for Poetry aims to support Australian poets and to continue the rich Catholic Church tradition of patronising the arts.. The prize is one of the most prestigious and lucrative poetry prizes in Australia, receiving significant media coverage and drawing the attention of the nation’s literary community. Each year there is a different theme that reflects the University’s mission, and since its inception in 2013 the prize has attracted approximately 1,000 entrants from around Australia and the world. The theme for the 2018 ACU Prize for Poetry was Empathy.
Distinguished poet, academic and critic, Professor Christopher Wallace-Crabbe, chairs the judging panel, with winners announced at the University’s awards night. The ACU Poetry Chapbook – a collection of all shortlisted and winning poems – is published every year and launched on the same occasion. The cover of the Chapbook is designed by a talented visual arts and design student from ACU.
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.” Anne Frank
Finals Judge Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Poet, distinguished academic and critic, generous contributor to literary culture, Emeritus Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe is one of the best known figures in Australia’s literary community and also enjoys a wider reputation in the international world of letters.
He began publishing poetry while an undergraduate, producing many volumes and winning awards and prizes, including the Grace Leven Poetry Prize in 1985 for The Amorous Cannibal, the Dublin Prize for the Arts and Sciences in 1987 and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal in 2002.
His Selected Poems: 1956-1994 won both the Dinny O’Hearn Poetry Prize and the Book of the Year Award in the 1995 Age Book of the Year Awards. In 2011 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and last year he was awarded the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature in “recognition of his outstanding contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life”.
The prize will be awarded for outstanding poetry in line with the theme.
Specifically, judging is based on
Creativity in addressing the theme
Emotional and intellectual engagement with the theme