Cover of NPP anthology 2018

2018

37th Newcastle Poetry Prize

The University of Newcastle, the judges and Hunter Writers Centre are thrilled to launch

the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology

 

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The prizewinners are

1st prize: Ross Gillett for the poem ‘Buying Online’

Equal 2nd prize: John Watson for the poem ‘Five Replies to Miss Moore’

and Mark Tredinnick for the poem ‘The River Running Shallow’

Harri Jones Memorial Prize for a poet under 36: Chloe Wilson for the poem ‘Memory of Snails’

Commended: Kevin Smith for the poem ‘Thirteen Ways of Knowing My Father’

Commended: Joanne Ruppin for the poem ‘Time Travelling with Baby’

 

From 'Thirteen Ways of Knowing My Father' poem by Kevin Smith

From ‘Thirteen Ways of Knowing My Father’ poem by Kevin Smith

From ‘Desert Flauners’ poem by Kerrie Nelson

From ‘Desert Flaneurs’ poem by K A Nelson

Nathan Curnow

Congratulations to the finalists published in the 2018 Anthology

Here is the list in alpha order by poem:

Adam Gibson A disco in the bush NSW
Joan Fleming A Poem Containing Violence VIC
Damen O’Brien A Survey of Australia’s Religions QLD
John Watson Box Brownie Album NSW
Darby Hudson Broken Door VIC
Ross Gillett Buying Online VIC
K A Nelson Desert flaneurs ACT
Vidhya Karnamadakala Driver NSW
Sarah Holland-Batt Equations for a Falling Body QLD
John Watson Five Replies to Miss Moore NSW
Maria Takolander Fractured States of America VIC
Mark Tredinnick Grief Wears a Body NSW
Toby Fitch King Tide NSW
Andy Jackson Operations VIC
Robert H. F. Carver Prepping for the Apocalypse UK (Aust citizen)
Guy Kelleher Secession QLD
Mark O’Flynn Shackleton’s Hut NSW
Kristen Lang The breadth of the moment TAS
Chloe Wilson The Memory of Snails VIC
Kevin Smith The Mill Road QLD
Mark Tredinnick The Reservoir NSW
Mark Tredinnick The River Running Shallow NSW
Andy Kissane The War—Then and Now NSW
Brett Dionysius The Wee-Vee QLD
Kevin Smith Thirteen Ways of Knowing My Father QLD
David Adès Tidal NSW
Joanne Ruppin Time Travelling with Baby NSW
Kristin Hannaford unmothering QLD
Peter Kirkpatrick Versities: Building X NSW
Alison Flett Wherever this is it’s where we are SA

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From ‘Time travelling with baby' poem by Joanne Ruppin

From ‘Time travelling with baby’ poem by Joanne Ruppin

From 'unmothering' poem by Kristin Hannaford

From ‘unmothering’ by Kristin Hannaford

Sarah Day
From 'Thirteen Ways of Knowing My Father' poem by Kevin Smith

From ‘Thirteen Ways of Knowing My Father’ poem by Kevin Smith

From ‘Desert Flauners’ poem by Kerrie Nelson

From ‘Desert Flaneurs’ poem by K A Nelson

From ‘Time travelling with baby' poem by Joanne Ruppin

From ‘Time travelling with baby’ poem by Joanne Ruppin

From 'unmothering' poem by Kristin Hannaford

From ‘unmothering’ by Kristin Hannaford

Congratulations to the finalists who will be published in the 2018 Anthology

Here is the list in alpha order by poem:

Adam Gibson A disco in the bush NSW
Joan Fleming A Poem Containing Violence VIC
Damen O’Brien A Survey of Australia’s Religions QLD
John Watson Box Brownie Album NSW
Darby Hudson Broken Door VIC
Ross Gillett Buying Online VIC
K A Nelson Desert flaneurs ACT
Vidhya Karnamadakala Driver NSW
Sarah Holland-Batt Equations for a Falling Body QLD
John Watson Five Replies to Miss Moore NSW
Maria Takolander Fractured States of America VIC
Mark Tredinnick Grief Wears a Body NSW
Toby Fitch King Tide NSW
Andy Jackson Operations VIC
Robert H. F. Carver Prepping for the Apocalypse UK (Aust citizen)
Guy Kelleher Secession QLD
Mark O’Flynn Shackleton’s Hut NSW
Kristen Lang The breadth of the moment TAS
Chloe Wilson The Memory of Snails VIC
Kevin Smith The Mill Road QLD
Mark Tredinnick The Reservoir NSW
Mark Tredinnick The River Running Shallow NSW
Andy Kissane The War—Then and Now NSW
Brett Dionysius The Wee-Vee QLD
Kevin Smith Thirteen Ways of Knowing My Father QLD
David Adès Tidal NSW
Joanne Ruppin Time Travelling with Baby NSW
Kristin Hannaford unmothering QLD
Peter Kirkpatrick Versities: Building X NSW
Alison Flett Wherever this is it’s where we are SA

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What poets 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

Significant prizes such as the NPP, with its long history, are of critical value, less for the money they offer than for the way they bring poetry to public attention, and as a filter of quality. The fact that this competition can attract judges of the stature of those for this year´s prize indicates that the Newcastle is one of the nation´s most important, and that the University of Newcastle is a leader in maintaining its support for it.

Rod Usher

The Newcastle Poetry Prize, co-ordinated by Hunter Writers Centre, is the jewel every poet would love to claim.

Jean Kent, Poet

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

The crucial thing about the Newcastle is the encouragement it gives to the writing of long poems. To my knowledge it is the only poetry prize in Australia that allows for the submission of unpublished poems longer than 100 lines. The 200 line limit allows a poet to stretch out, to explore at length the possibilities of a narrative or meditative sequence, a dramatic monologue (or dialogue for that matter) or any other exploratory poetic mode. The publication of the prize anthology offers a rare opportunity for high quality longer form poems to be published, and the recognition of the winning poems by the granting of significant monetary prizes does a lot to reinforce the professional status of poetry as an art form capable of producing sustained original work.

Ross Gillett
Nathan Curnow Sarah Day

2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize Judges

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We are thrilled to have poet Nathan Curnow as one of our judges of the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize judges. Nathan is based in Ballarat, Victoria, and is a past editor of Going Down Swinging. He was published in the 2011 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology and his published books include The…
Lucy Williams

Newcastle Poetry Prize Winners 2017

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First prize: $15 000 Lucy Williams the crows in town Second prize: $5,000 Shari Kocher Forty Desert Days and Nights and White Third prize: $1,000 Judith Beveridge Suddhodana Commended Awards: Debi Hamilton Sleeping Beauty Lessons Local Award: Kit Kelen a field guide to Australian clouds (prolegomenon) Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for…
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