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 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