Newcastle Poetry Prize

Coordinated by the Hunter Writers Centre since 2002, the Newcastle Poetry Prize is a significant cultural achievement and is a testament to the commitment of its sponsor – the University of Newcastle – to celebrate literary excellence in Australia.

The Newcastle Poetry Prize is the most prestigious poetry prize in Australia.  There is a prize pool of over $22,000. Entries open 21st March and close 5pm 11th June, 2018.

What entrants say about the Newcastle Poetry Prize

“Having my poem selected for publication in the Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology gave me a feeling of reassurance that I am being seen and heard by my peers. Poetry can sometimes be an undervalued and misunderstood genre - the more people who care about promoting it, the more it blossoms. Hunter Writers Centre and the University of Newcastle are doing an amazing job at giving poetry in Australia the spotlight it deserves.”

Lucy Williams2017 Newcastle Poetry Prize Winner

“ It has been my pleasure and privilege to be involved with the Newcastle Poetry Prize over the years in different ways, as a judge, as a sometimes prize winner and as a poet within the pages of various anthologies. The first time I was published as a result of the competition was in 1995. I will never forget the joy and awe I felt finding my little poem surrounded by the poems of Australia’s finest poets. That feeling of wonder and gratitude has not left me, and I am thrilled at winning a prize in this important competition in 2016 and being represented in the current anthology.”

Judy Johnson

“It is my impression that the Newcastle Poetry Prize is still widely regarded as the most important poetry prize in Australia. I certainly think of it in this way.”

Brook Emery1999 Newcastle Poetry Prize Winner
December 18, 2017

Newcastle Poetry Prize Winners 2017

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