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Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets

Date: Tue September 1 2020 12:00 am to Thu October 15 2020 11:59 pm

Pocketry presents the inaugural Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets for an original collection of poems.

Eligibility: Australian residents aged 18 and over who have not had a book of poetry published are eligible to enter. 

Deadline: Entries for the 2020 Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets Prize close midnight AEDTThursday 15th October 2020.



The winner will receive:

1. publication of their poem(s) in an instant book, and

2. three hours of online mentoring with prominent Australian poet, Carolyn Masel.


Prize Details

The Book

A6 sized (10.5 x 15 cm).

150 copies of the book will be printed in a limited edition print run. 

The winner will receive 100 copies to assemble and distribute; Pocketry will retain 50 copies.

One copy of the book will be lodged by Pocketry with the National Library of Australia



The winner of the Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets will receive three hours of online mentoring with prominent Australian poet, Carolyn Masel. Details of the online sessions to be agreed between the winner and Carolyn Masel.

Carolyn (Caz) Masel is a poet and university lecturer in literature and creative writing who taught at the University of Manchester and Australian Catholic University. She has written articles about poetry and contemporary prose fiction, co-judged the shortlist of entries for the ACU Poetry Prize and the W. B. Yeats Prize, taught women farmers in Suffolk, lectured in large draughty halls all over England and given talks for schools. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, A Book of Hours (Picaro/Ginninderra, 2017), and a poetry collection, Moorings (Ginninderra, 2019). You can hear her interviewed on 3CR.



You may submit a maximum five poems and a minimum of one poem.

The total line length for your collection of poems should not exceed 105 lines (including line breaks). 

If you are submitting five individual poems, each poem should not be more than 21 lines long.

Lines should be a maximum of 50 characters wide (including spaces).

Entires that exceed the line limits will not be considered. 


Entry Fee

It is free to enter.


Brief Terms & Conditions

You must be aged over 18.

You must be an Australian resident.

You must not have had a book of poetry published – either self published or by a publisher.

A book of poetry in this instance means a collection of your poems or a chapbook.

Please read the FAQ and Terms and Conditions carefully before submitting your work.



For more information, visit the Pocketry website at: https://www.pocketry.com.au/pocketry-prize-for-unpublished-poets.html

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