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5 Islands Poetry Prize

Date: Fri April 1 2022 9:00 am to Fri July 15 2022 5:00 pm

5 Islands Poetry Prize

We are excited to announce a new annual prize for emerging poets.

This Prize for a first book of poetry includes a cash prize for the publisher as well as the chosen poet.

As many readers and poets know, Five Islands Press was a prominent independent Australian poetry publishing house for thirty-four years, from 1986 until 2007 under the direction of Ron Pretty, then until 2020 under a changing team of editors who kept the press going strongly. This new prize aims to support emerging poets, and at the same time honour the publishers who have shown confidence in these new poets.

Emeritus Professor Kevin Brophy AM
Administrator for the Five Islands Prize


  • The winning poet will receive $2500.
  • The publisher will receive $1000.
  • These prizes will be offered annually, following a financial-year calendar.
  • The first prize will be offered for books published between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

Key dates

  • Eligibility for 2021-2022 Prize: Books published between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022
  • Entries close: 15 July 2022
  • Winner announced: 30 November 2022
For more information, visit the University of Canberra website at: www.canberra.edu.au/research/faculty-research-centres/cccr/opportunities/five-islands-prize
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