The 2020 Newcastle Poetry Prize opens Saturday 21st March World Poetry Day Closes: 8pm AEST, Tuesday 23rd June
$25,000 Prize Pool
Competition closes: 8pm AEDT Tuesday 23rd June 2020 First Prize $15,000 Second Prize $5,000 Third Prize $1,000 2 Commended Awards: $250 each Local Award: $250 Harri Jones Memorial Prize, for a poet under 36 years: $500 HWC Members' Award: $200
Mike Ladd is an Australian poet and radio presenter and producer. Mike Ladd was the founding producer of Poetica, a weekly program of poetry broadcast on ABC Radio National. Poetica was first broadcast in February 1997 and continued until February 2015. Influenced by the poetry of the Greek Anthology, the ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, Robert Frost, the European Minimalists and Nazim Hikmet, Ladd’s poetry often combines natural elements with the suburban and industrial. He has published 9 poetry collections and is the author of several video poems. Read more about Mike here.
Born in England, poet Judith Beveridge moved with her family to Australia in 1960 and earned a BA at the University of Technology, Sydney. Beveridge’s poems model the interaction of spirituality, the natural world, and selfhood. She is the author of poetry collections that include ‘The Domesticity of Giraffes’ (1987); ‘Accidental Grace’ (1996), which won the Wesley Michel Wright Award; ‘Wolf Notes’ (2003), which won the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Victorian Premier’s Award; and ‘Storm and Honey’ (2009). Beveridge edited The Best Australian Poetry 2006 and co-edited, with Jill Jones and Louise Wakeling, A Parachute of Blue: First Choice of Australian Poets (1995). Beveridge’s additional honors include the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal, the Dame Mary Gilmore Award, the New South Wales Premier’s Award, and the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize as well as having several poems published over the years in the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Judith served as poetry editor of the literary magazine Meanjin and has taught at Newcastle and Sydney Universities. Read sample works by Judith Beveridge here
2019 Newcastle Poetry Prize
Dimitra Harvey, 3rd prize winner
Steve Armstrong, Local Award winner
The $25,000 Newcastle Poetry Prize generously donated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) from the University of Newcastle prizewinners:
1st Prize: Chloe Wilson Soft Serve $15,000 2nd Prize: Audrey Molloy Mother, I am Your Mother Now $5,000 3rd Prize: Dimitra Harvey Triptych $1,000 Commended Awards: $250 Anthony Lawrence Epistemology Jayne Fenton Keane For every year the shark lived another word for snow was born Local Award: $500 Steve Armstrong Thirteen Ways to Know My Grandfather Harri Jones Prize for a poet under 36 years: $500 Caitlin Maling From What We Have Come to Sea: Lizard Island Poems HWC Members' Award: $200 Christopher (Kit) Kelen Hardanger Set
or choose a past anthology
Caitlin Maling, winner of the Harri Jones prize (for a poet under 36 years)
Congratulations, Chloe Wilson from Victoria, winner of the 2019 Newcastle Poetry Prize for her poem ‘Soft Serve’
Audrey Molloy, 2nd Prize winner with Judy Johnson, Judge (L)
Kit Kelen, HWC Members award winner
2019 Newcastle Poetry Prize judges
Judy Johnson has published six full-length poetry collections. Her poems have won the Josephine Ulrick, Val Vallis and Bruce Dawe prize,amongst others. Her collections have taken out the Victorian Premier’s Award for poetry, the Wesley Michel Wright prize (twice) and have been shortlisted in the WA and NSW Premier’s awards.
Her verse novel ‘Jack’, published by Picador, was on the syllabus at both Melbourne and Sydney University.She is one of four editors of a 25 year retrospective Contemporary Australian Poetry published by Puncher and Wattmann in 2016. She has twice beena judge of the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor poetry prize, most recently in 2019.
Jaya Savige is poetry editor of The Australian newspaper. His appearance in the 2002 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology was one of his earliest publications. His first collection, Latecomers (UQP, 2005) won the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott and Val Vallis Prizes, was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Prize, and was shortlisted for a number of other awards. His second collection, Surface to Air (UQP, 2011), was shortlisted for the Age Poetry Book of the Year and the West Australian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. His most recent collection is a chapbook, Maze Bright (Vagabond Rare Object Series, 2014). Jaya is a former Gates Scholar, having read for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, Christ’s College. He has held Australia Council residencies in Rome and Paris, and is a former recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. He is currently based in London, where he is Head of Creative Writing and Lecturer in English at the New College of the Humanities. Jaya’s next collection will be published by UQP in 2020.
2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology
(if you are in the USA, purchase the anthology here)
The 2018 prizewinners 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' Read what the winners have to say about their success
Ross Gillett, winner of the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize
Joanne Ruppin, awarded Commended in the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize
Kevin Smith, awarded Commended in the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize
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