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ACU Prize for Poetry

Date: Mon July 5 2021 12:00 am to Mon July 19 2021 11:59 pm

“To create works of art that bring us, in the language of beauty, a sign, a spark of hope and trust where people seem to give in to indifference and ugliness.”
Pope Francis, December 2016

Inspired by the Catholic Church’s long-standing tradition as a patron of the Arts, the ACU Prize for Poetry has established itself since its inception in 2013, as one of Australia’s most prized poetry awards.

The Prize has as its aim the simple goal of supporting the emergence of new and dynamic Australian poets and poetry.

An initiative of the Office of the Vice President, and forming a critical part of ACU’s comprehensive Arts and Culture Strategy, the ACU Prize for Poetry receives hundreds of entries each year from across Australia.


2021 ACU Prize for Poetry 

Theme: Resilience
Entry dates:  Tuesday 6 April – Monday 19 July 2021
Fees:   $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 ACU.



The theme for the 2021 ACU Prize for Poetry is ‘Resilience’.

“When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience.”
– Jaeda DeWalt

“Resilience is based on compassion for ourselves as well as compassion for others.”
– Sharon Salzberg

The winners will be announced at the Awards Night which will be held on the ACU Melbourne Campus on Tuesday 7 September 2021.


How to enter

Poems must not exceed 80 lines and pages should be numbered. The text documents containing poems entered must not include the author’s name anywhere in the text of the entry or anywhere else in the document, such as in headers or footers.

Entries should be submitted in Arial or Times New Roman font size 12 in Word Document format only (.doc or .docx).

Once the online entry is submitted, confirmation of receipt and payment will be sent by email.

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