ACT Poetry Prize - Past Awards

2012

Following a review of the ACT Poetry Prize, the ACT Government developed a number of initiatives to support poetry activities in the ACT.

  • A new ACT Poetry Prize. This prize, for a single poem, will be available to ACT-based poets and is valued at a total of $5,000 ($3,000 for the winner and $1,000 for two runners-up). Entries will open later this year.
  • A Centenary Poetry in ACTION program. Poetry in ACTION, which sees poems by Canberra based artists placed on buses, has been operating for some years. For 2013, ten poems with a Canberra 100 theme will be selected directly from the Canberra community to appear on buses during the Centenary year. The successful poets will each receive $500. Entries will open later this year.
  • Youth Poetry Slams beginning 2013 in ACT schools, valued at $10,000. 

To accommodate these new initiatives the previous ACT Poetry Prize categories is no longer offered.

2011

Click the hyperlinked title to read the manuscript poem in PDF, or to find the publication in the ACT Public Library. Our thanks to ArtsACT for permission to reproduce the poems.

Rosemary Dobson Award

David Campbell Award

Judith Wright Award

Alec Bolton Award

for an unpublished poem by an Australian poet 

for an unpublished poem by an ACT poet 

for a published collection by an Australian poet

for an unpublished manuscript by an Australian poet

Winner  (joint)
Lang, Kristen.
PDF version of Goodbye is too small a word

Murphy, Lizz.
The Architecture of Pear

Winner 
Cliff, Paul.
PDF version of Rosalie Gascoigne 

Winner
Shelfield, Anne.
You can only get so close on google earth

Winner
Chevalier, Julie.
Darger - a sequence of poems
Commended
Dunne, Lyle.
Cattle Grids

Holt, Lucy.
Shark

Lintermans, Tony.
The Evidence

Commended
Coleman, David.
Last coffee

Page, Geoff.
Immanuel

Commended
Holt, Lucy.
Patience, Mutiny

Nicholson, Anna Kerdijk.
Possession

Potter, Claire.
Swallow

White, Petra.
The Simplified World

Commended
Keates, Carmen.
Second-Hand Attack Dog

Lawrence, Anthony.
The Unfairground

Lintermans, Tony.
The World was Rumour

2010

Click the hyperlinked title to read the manuscript poem in PDF, or to find the publication in the ACT Public Library. Our thanks to ArtsACT for permission to reproduce the poems.

Rosemary Dobson Award

David Campbell Award

Judith Wright Award  Alec Bolton Award 

for an unpublished poem by an Australian poet

for an unpublished poem by an ACT poet

for a published collection by an Australian poet

for an unpublished manuscript by an Australian poet

Winner 
Slattery, Andrew.
Always Sometimes Never

Winner (joint)
Lance, Robyn.
The world inside their hide

Cottier, P.S.
Visitation

Winner
Boyle, Peter.
Apocrypha 
Winner
Pattionson, Jillian.
The Infinite Library

Highly Commended
Pattionson, Jillian.
The Infinte Library.
(unavailable at reqest of author)

Highly Commended
Albiston, Jordie.
the sonnet according to 'm'
Highly Commended
Miller, Mark.
Scanning the Horizon

Commended
Kelsall, Alana.
The One Room 


Leber, Michelle.
My Curious Plague of Flowers

Commended
Cliff, Paul.
Salmon Trout, Moruyah Heads

Edgar, Suzanne.
An Argument

 Commended
Plunkett, Felicity.
Vanishing Point 


Jones, Emma
The Striped World

Commended
Tredinnick, Mark.
Rules for Walking

Shortlisted
Cronin, MTC.
POWER LAWS

Liversidge, Ray.
The lawn

Stokes, John.
After rain in various guises along Bell's Line of Road

Treddinick, Mark.
Rain at Eltham

Shortlisted Shortlisted
Hammial, Philip.
Skin Theory

Hawthorne, Susan.
Earth's Breath

 

 

2009

Click the hyperlinked title to read the manuscript poem in PDF, or to find the publication in the ACT Public Library. Our thanks to ArtsACT for permission to reproduce the poems.

Rosemary Dobson Award

David Campbell Award

Judith Wright Award

Alec Bolton Award

for an unpublished poem by an Australian poet 

for an unpublished poem by an ACT poet

for a published collection by an Australian poet

for an unpublished manuscript by an Australian poet

Winner
Lim, Debbie.
Fossil of Emerging Trilobite

Winner 
Clutterbuck, Charlotte.
Why I Still Go To Church

Winner
Holland-Batt, Sarah
Aria

Winner
Slattery, Andrew.
The Severant

Highly Commended
Owen, Jan.
Poems 1980-2008

Highly Commended
Holt, LK.
Patience Mutiny

Commended
Slattery, Andrew.
Cleanse

Capes, Ashley.
Small Town

Commended
Unikowski, Isi.
At the Broinowski Gate

Shortlisted
Pattinson, Jillian.
Octoberman

Disney, Dan.
On Regarding Kant's Statue

Kroll, Jerri.
Vanishing Point

Shortlisted
Hampton, Susan.
How Fugues Work

Foulcher, John.
Home Truth

Shortlisted
Brooks, David.
The Balcony

Harrison, Martin.
Wild Bees : New and Selected Poems

Polain, Marcella.
Therapy Like Fish : New and Selected Poems

Steele, Peter.
White Knight with Beebox : new and Selected Poems

Shortlisted
Leach, Roland.
My Father's Pigs

Cahill, Michelle.
Vishvarupa

 

2008

Click the hyperlinked title to read the poem in PDF. Our thanks to ArtsACT for permission to reproduce the poems.

Rosemary Dobson Award

David Campbell Award

Judith Wright Award

Alec Bolton Award

for an unpublished poem by an Australian poet 

for an unpublished poem by an ACT poet

for a published collection by an Australian poet

for an unpublished manuscript by an Australian poet

Winner
Jackson, Andy.
Secessionist

Winner 
Kambaskovic-Sawers, Danijela.
A Migrant Writer on A Bus (Thinking of Kundera)

Winner
Hill, Barry.
Necessity - Poems 1996-2006

Winner
Musgrave, David.
Phantom Limb

Highly Commended
Harry, J S.
Not Finding Wittgenstein

Highly Commended
Kennedy, Cate. 
The Taste of River Water

Kent, Jean.
Travelling with the Wrong Phrase Book

Commended
Buck, Anna.
A Council House in Heaven

Cliff, Paul. 
Snake-Man (La Perouse)
Commended
Lawson, Elizabeth.
On the Undoing of Buttons 

Magee, Paul.
Like words laid down in sleep
Commended
Wattison, Meredith.
Basket of Sunlight

White, Petra.
The Incoming Tide

Shortlisted
Andrews, Chris.
By Accident


Compton, Jennifer.
Approaching Firenze

De Laine, John.
Field Mouse

Kerr, Joan.
Gobray, bunhan bunahan, khen

Livings, Edward.
Tawny Frogmouth

Shepherdson, Nathan.
Unlike

Shortlisted
Lebkowicz, Lesley.
The Spy, Volodya Petrov, leaves his home...

Pacey, Moya. 
The Wardrobe

Page, Geoff. 
Dancing in a Paper Hat

Shapley, Maggie.
Changdeokgung

Shortlisted
Campbell, Elizabeth.
Letters to the Tremulous Hand


Ryan, Brendan. 
A Paddock in his head

Shortlisted
Leach-Pahloski, Carolyn.
The Sorrow Bird


Ryan, Tracy.
The Argument


2007

Click the hyperlinked title to read the poem in PDF.

Rosemary Dobson Award

David Campbell Award

Judith Wright Award

Alec Bolton Award

for an unpublished poem by an Australian poet 

for an unpublished poem by an ACT poet

for a published collection by an Australian poet

for an unpublished manuscript by an Australian poet

 

Winner
Shenfield, Ann.
You Can Only Get So Close on Google Earth

Winner 
Lebkowicz, Lesley Fowler.
The Good Air

Joint Winners
Kelen, S K.
Earthly Delights

Fahey, Dianne.
Sea Wall & River Light

Winner
Knight, Karen.
From a Glass Kennel

Highly Commended
Shenfield, Ann.
Raised Signs

Shortlisted
Owen, Jan.
Notre Dame

Krien, Anna.
Breaking the Lease

Fahey, Dianne.
Breath

Compton, Jennifer.
Regret

Shortlisted
Lello, Miranda.
Copan, The Ruins

Magee, Paul.
Pineapple Fish

Shortlisted
Rowland, Robyn.
Silence and Its Tongues

Cahill, Michelle.
The Accidental Cage

Shortlisted
Zajkowski, Maria.
From an Island

 


2006

Rosemary Dobson Award

David Campbell Award

Judith Wright Award

Alec Bolton Award

for an unpublished poem by an Australian poet 

for an unpublished poem by an ACT poet

for a published collection by an Australian poet

for an unpublished manuscript by an Australian poet

 

Winner
Mahood, Kim.
The Burned Town

Winner
Smith, Melinda.
Given

Winner
Hampton, Susan.
The Kindly Ones

Winner
Dougan, Lucy.
White Clay

Shortlisted
Stokes, John.
Three Days on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel 

Smith, Melinda.
Given

Shortlisted
Ceasar, Adrian.
Jazz Elegy


Fowler, Lesley.
The Rage for Air

Shortlisted
Caesar, Adrian.
High Wire


Gould, Alan.
The Past Completes Me 

Savige, Jaya.
Latecomers

Shortlisted
Middleton, Kate.
Fire Season


Skovron, Alex.
Autographs : 56 poems in prose

2005

Rosemary Dobson Award

David Campbell Award

Judith Wright Award

Alec Bolton Award

for an unpublished poem by an Australian poet 

for an unpublished poem by an ACT poet

for a published collection by an Australian poet

for an unpublished manuscript by an Australian poet

Winner
Metcalf, Tom.
The Good Hope

Winner
Lawson, Elizabeth.
Blue Poles

Joint Winner
Burns, Joanne.
Footnotes of a Hammock

Day, Sarah.
The Ship

Winner
Williams, Carmel.
The Butcher’s Window

Highly Commended
Lawson, Elizabeth.
Poems for a Mother

Highly Commended
Kituai, Kathy.
Imagine

 

Commended
Leach-Paholski, Carolyn.
A Modern History of the Ear

Page, Geoff.
Quattrocento

Erwin, Russell.
But Isn’t

Commended
Caesar, Adrian.
De-tox


Edgar, Suzanne.
The Ring Maker

Page, Geoff, Quattrocento

Ursich, Brian, Brief

Commended
Thwaites, Michael.
Unfinished Journey

Shortlisted
Fahey, Dianne.
Mirrors

Gillam, Kevin James.
Note By Note

Lawson, Elizabeth.
Three Ages of Dugong

Shortlisted
Erwin, Russell.
But Isn’t

Erwin, Russell.
The Builder’s Mate

Lawson, Elizabeth.
Namadgi Argument

Shortlisted
Sykes, Patricia.
Modewarre : Home Ground

Shortlisted
Eberhard, Adrienne.
The Anatomy of Desire

Leach-Paholski, Carolyn.
Sermon for a Bird

Mercer, Gina.
Handfeeding the Crocodile

Oxley, Louise.
Open Water

Wakeling, Louise.
Paragliding in a War Zone

Yu Ouyang.
Terminally Poetic

 

2004 ACT Poetry Award for unpublished poets


Winner

Geoff Page, Geoff, The Stalinists, the Taliban

 

Shortlisted

Abbot, Mathew. Hieroglph
Barbalet, Margaret. Drought and Crow, 4pm
Crawford, Annie. Country and Pnomh Penh
Crawford, Annie. Torso
Hetherington, Paul. Abschied
Martiniello, Jennifer Avriel. At Gungahlin
Page, Geoff. Remembering the Future


2003 

Winner
Webb, Jennifer. The eternity know

Highly Commended
Hetherington, Paul. The place of water
Kituai, Kathy. If only
Kiraly, Eulea. Diamonds

All four poems published in Muse no. 235 Feb. 2003, ACTHL Location: H 700.99471 MUSE