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ACU Prize for Poetry

Date: Fri July 20 2018 12:00 am to Fri July 20 2018 11:59 pm

The 2018 ACU Prize for Poetry

The 2018 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 ‘Empathy.’

Finals Judge Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Poet, distinguished academic and critic, generous contributor to literary culture, 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”.

Prize Money

First prize: $10,000
Second prize: $5000
Third prize: $3000

The prize is made possible through the sponsorship of the Office of the Vice President at Australian Catholic University.

How to enter

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ACU Prize for Poetry 
Office of the Vice President Australian Catholic University 
PO Box 968, North Sydney 
NSW 2059

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