Competitions & Prizes

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Many Australian poetry competitions and prizes are available for you to enter. Check the entry requirements to ensure eligibility, and refer to the submission guidelines. Let me know if any additional awards, competitions, and prizes must be added to this list.

Australian poetry competitions and prizes

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize

The Newcastle Poetry Prize

The ACU Prize for Poetry

The Val Vallis Award for Poetry

The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

The Dorothy Porter Award for Poets

The Tom Collins Poetry Prize

The Judith Wright Calanthe Award

The W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize

The Henry Lawson Poetry Competition

The Ipswich Poetry Feast

The Red Room Poetry Object Competition

The Positive Words Poetry Competition

The Write-On: Fairfield Poetry Prize

The Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition

The Toolangi C.J. Dennis Poetry Competition

The Marsden & Alecci Poetry Prize

The Yarra Plenty Regional Library Poetry Competition

The Ballarat Writers’ Inc. Southern Cross Literary Competition

The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize

The Mary Gilmore Award

The Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize

The Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition

The Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards

The Four Quarters Magazine Poetry Prize

The Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award

The Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award

The Lane Cove Literary Awards

The Charles Causley Poetry Competition

The Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

The Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry Awards

The Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards

The Scintillating Starts Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award

The Veronica Shenstone Poetry Prize

The Glasshouse Country Writers Poetry Competition

The Bateau Bay PCYC Poetry Competition

The Penguin Random House Literary Prize

The Redgum Book Club Young Writers’ Prize

The Harold Goodwin Poetry Prize

The ACT Writers Centre Poetry Prize

The FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize

The Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize

The Jean Stone Poetry Prize

The Queensland Poetry Festival Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award

The Society of Women Writers NSW Poetry Prize

The Wagga Wagga Prose and Poetry Competition

The Central Coast Poets Inc. National Poetry Competition

The Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

International poetry competitions and prizes that Australians can enter

In addition to local prizes, some international poetry competitions and prizes welcome entries from Australian and other international poets. Always double-check entry requirements and submission guidelines.

Griffin Poetry Prize (Canada)

Manchester Poetry Prize (UK)

The Moth Poetry Prize (Ireland)

Bridport Prize (UK)

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (UK)

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition (UK)

Magma Poetry Competition (UK)

National Poetry Competition (UK)

Caterpillar Poetry Prize (Ireland)

Troubadour International Poetry Prize (UK)

T.S. Eliot Prize (UK)

Newcastle Poetry Prize (Australia)

Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize (Australia)

The Montreal International Poetry Prize (Canada)

The Forward Prizes for Poetry (UK)

Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine (UK)

Live Canon International Poetry Competition (UK)

Fish Publishing Poetry Prize (Ireland)

Rhysling Award (US)

The Rattle Poetry Prize (US)

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize (Ireland)

Los Gatos-Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Competition (US)

Omnidawn Poetry Contests (US)

The Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest (US)

The Yeats Poetry Prize (Australia)

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry (US)

The Eileen Gray Poetry Prize (Ireland)

Edwin Morgan Poetry Award (Scotland)

The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest (Ireland)

The Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem (Australia)

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize (UK)

The Seamus Heaney Awards for New Writing (Northern Ireland)

The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (Australia)

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (UK)

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction (US)

Winchester Poetry Prize (UK)

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition (UK)

The Plough Prize (UK)

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Writing Competition (Canada)

The Emma Press Picks Pamphlet (UK)

The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize (Ireland)

The Bridgewater International Poetry Festival (US)

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition (UK)

The Ron Pretty Poetry Prize (Australia)

The Aesthetica Magazine Annual Creative Writing Award (UK)

The Rubery Book Award (UK)

The American Poetry Review Honickman First Book Prize (US)

The PEN New Voices Award (International)

The Pushcart Prize (US)

The Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize (UK)

Poetry mentoring and prizes

If you want to refine your poetry to submit it to more competitions and prizes with more success, you may want to learn about my poetry mentoring service, where I provide feedback on your work. While there are no guarantees of getting a prize, and I don’t claim to be a prize-winning poet myself, outside feedback can give you an unbiased view of your writing and help your development as a poet.