Kangaroos in my blood… from poem to book to art exhibition.

Launching November 1, 2016, I have to admit that I am dearly looking forward to holding Kangaroos in my blood and other poems in my hand. I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and publishing poetry (in things other than the school magazine) for around 20 years, so the term ‘debut collection’ seems vaguely ridiculous.

Kangaroos is being published by Douglas and Brown, branching out from their normal education and leadership list. But although it may have been a long time coming, the timing is hardly random; the book will be launched the week before the opening of the art exhibition based on its central poem at the New England Regional Art Museum.

A diverse group of artists including painters, sculptors and printmakers has used the poetic sequence “Kangaroos in my blood” as the springboard for new works, and I have also been busy creating etchings, sculpture and other pieces of my own, re-visiting the narrative and themes with new skills and ideas. “Kangaroos in my blood” opens at NERAM on November 11.  So November is shaping up as a thrilling month for me and I couldn’t be more excited.

Kangaroos in my blood and other poems

Book launch:

5.30 pm Tuesday November 1, 2016 at Reader’s Companion bookstore, Beardy Street, Armidale

“Kangaroos in my blood”

Exhibition launch:

6pm Friday November 11, 2016 at NERAM, Kentucky Street, Armidale

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Douglas and Brown releases Kangaroos in my blood in paperback at Armidale launch

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Now available online  through Douglas and Brown at https://douglasandbrown.com/store/ and http://www.lizziehornecreative.com/books-by-lizzie-horne or Reader’s Companion bookstore, Armidale.

Also available soon at the New England Regional Art Museum.

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notJack Writers’ Prize is priceless

 

notJack Writers' Prize

notJack Writers’ Prize

notJack is a writing competition offering one of the most generous and potentially life-changing prizes a writer seeking continuous improvement could hope for – not money, but the time and expertise of some of the Australian literary community’s elite.

A prize that supports Australian writing about place and the protection of iconic literary landscapes, this is one competition that is not about glory, but power – the power of writing to engender passion about the land, about community, about the things that matter to us, to share our love of our own streets and landscapes and the soil that nurtures us. It is also about the power of a group of writers to shed a spotlight on a heartbreaking threat to a particular community, and raise money to fight it.

Find out more about it here.

notJack Writers’ Prize

Closes: November 1, 2015

Prizes: Master classes in writing with experienced, well-known writers including Drusilla Modjeska, Arnold Zable and Raimond Gaita.

Open to all genres of writing in Youth and Open categories, all related to writing about place. 3,000 words for prose, 40 lines for poems. Must be unpublished, not have won a prize nor have been submitted elsewhere.

Entry fee: $10 per Youth entry, $20 per Open entry

Payable by: [√ ] Direct deposit       [ √] Cheque    [√] Money order

Entry: [√]] Online   [√] Postal

For details press here

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Australian Poetry Competitions closing August and September 2015

Despite dire news in the Australian arts arena, and the folding of some highly regarded poetry prizes, there are still some opportunities for poets. Here is some information on a few  poetry comps closing soon. Please check details with competition organisers, as this site can bear no responsibility for incorrect entries. PLEASE don’t send your entries to me!

New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

Closes: 24 August 2015

Prizes: $500 first prize in poetry category

For unpublished crime poetry to 60 lines, crime fiction up to 2,500 words and crime non-fiction up to 2,500 words.

Entry fee: $10 per entry

Payable by: [√ ] Direct deposit    [x] Credit card   [ √] Cheque    [√] Money order

Entry: [ x ] Online   [√] Postal

For details press here

2015 Judge: Les Murray

Melbourne Poets Union 21st International Poetry Competition

Closes: 6 September, 2015

Prizes: 1st $1500, 2nd $500, 3rd $200 plus minor prizes for Highly Commended and Commended. An anthology will be compiled of winners and selected entries.

For an unpublished poem to 50 lines.

Entry fee: $AU10 for one poem, $AU20 for two poems, $AU25 for three poems, and $AU6 for each additional poem.

Payable by: [√ ] Pay Pal     [ √] Cheque    [√] Money order

Entry: [ √] ] Online   [√] Postal

For details press here

2015 Judge: Claire Gaskin

FAWQ Poetry Competition 2015

Closes: September 30, 2015

Prizes: 1st $250, 2nd $100 + 2 highly commended certificates

For an unpublished poem up to 40 lines

Entry fee: $5 per entry or 3 entries for $12 (max 6 entries)

Payable by: [√ ] Direct deposit    [x] Credit card   [ √] Cheque    [√] Money order

Entry: [ x ] Online   [√] Postal

For details press here

2015 Judge: Rob Morris

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Australian poetry prizes closing May & June 2015

Heads up on a couple of poetry comps closing soon. Please check details with competition organisers, as this site can bear no responsibility for incorrect entries.

Dangerously Poetic Byron Bay Writers Festival 2015 Poetry Prize 

Closes: 15 May 2015  CLOSED

Prizes: First prize: $500, a 3 day pass to the Byron Bay Writers Festival , publication in the Dangerously Poetic anthology and an invitation to read at an offsite Festival event. Second prize: $100, a 1 day pass to the Byron Bay Writers Festival , publication in the Dangerously Poetic anthology and an invitation to read at an offsite Festival event.

For a poem of up to 40 lines on the theme of Change.

Entry fee: $15 for first poem. $5 for each additional.

For more details press here

Judge: Krissy Kneen

Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize 2015

Closes: Friday 29 May 2015 CLOSED

Prize: $2,500 first prize

For an original, unpublished poem to 50 lines.

Entry fee: $6 per poem (up to 5 poems)

Entry: [√ ] Online

For more details press here

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize

Closing: 29 May, 2015  CLOSED

Prizes: 1st prize $15,000, 2nd $5,000. There will also be four shortlisted poems.

For an unpublished poem up to 50 lines with a maximum of 1,000 words.

Entry fee: $15 per poem if submitted by 31 January 2015and

$20 per poem if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015

Entry: [√ ] online

For details press here

The Newcastle Poetry Prize 2015

Closes: Friday 19 June 2015  CLOSED

Prizes: First: $12,000 Second: $5,000 Third: $1,000  Local Award: $500Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet under 35 years): $250 Hunter Writers Centre members’ award: $200. The shortlist of poems will be published in the annual anthology.

For an unpublished poem, or suite of poems, up to 200 lines

Entry fee: $33 per entry

Payable by: [√ ] Direct deposit    [√] Credit card   [ x] Cheque   [x] Money order

Entry: [√ ] Online   [x] Postal

 For details press here

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Australian poetry competitions closing September 2014

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize

Closes: midnight, September 30, 2014

First Prize: $2000 + publication in Island + annual subscriptions to IslandGriffith ReviewMeanjinOverlandReview of Australian FictionSoutherly and The Lifted Brow* Second Prize:publication in Island + annual subscriptions to IslandGriffith ReviewMeanjinOverlandReview of Australian FictionSoutherly and The Lifted Brow*    * or a free renewal to any magazine for which a subscription is already held

For an unpublished single poem or linked suite not longer than 80 lines
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Entry fee: $20 per entry, or $15 for Island subscribers

Payable: [√ ] Paypal

Enter: [√ ] Postal

For details press here

Please check details with competition organisers, as this site bears no responsibility for late or incorrect entries!

For information on poetry competitions year-round, go to Australian Poetry Competitions 2014.

If a close date for the current year has not yet been set, the competition will not be listed.

This site welcomes information from comp organisers.

Please report any broken links. Thank you.

Good luck!

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Australian poetry competitions closing August 2014

New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

Closes: 1 August 2014

Prizes: $500 first prize in 3 categories plus $300 New England award for a resident of New England and $200 Emerging Author award for an unpublished writer from anywhere in Australia.

For unpublished crime poetry to 60 lines, crime fiction up to 2,500 words and crime non-fiction up to 2,500 words.

Entry fee: $10 per entry

Payable by: [√ ] Direct deposit    [x] Credit card   [ √] Cheque    [√] Money order

Entry: [ x ] Online   [√] Postal

For details press here

Poetry d’amour love poetry competition

Closes: midnight, 22 August, 2014

Prizes: $700 in cash plus other prizes for selected awards. Top ranking and selected poems published by WA Poets Inc in the anthology “Poetry d’Amour 2015”.

Winners in the Open and Regional categories will have the opportunity to 
perform their winning entry on Valentine’s Day, Saturday 14 February 2015 in Perth and/or Mandurah.

For: orgininal, unpublished love poems to 40 lines.

Entry fee: Entry fee: $10 per entry, or $20 for 2 entries, $25 for 3 entries, $30 for 4 entries

Payable: [√ ] Paypal [√ ] Direct Debit [√ ] Cheque [√ ] Money order

Enter: [√ ] Online [x] Postal

For details press here

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize

Closing date: 31 August 2014

Prizes: 1st $150; 2nd $50.

For an original, unpublished poem no more than 60 lines.

Entry fee: $5 per poem.

Payable: [√ ] Cheque [√ ] Postal order

Enter: [x ] Online [√] Postal

Post entries to: FAW Tasmania Inc. PO Box 234, North Hobart, Tasmania 7002.

For details press here

Please check details with competition organisers, as this site bears no responsibility for late or incorrect entries!

For information on poetry competitions year-round, go to Australian Poetry Competitions 2014.

If a close date for the current year has not yet been set, the competition will not be listed.

This site welcomes information from comp organisers.

Please report any broken links. Thank you.

Good luck!

 

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Australian poetry competitions closing July 2014

Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Closing: 5pm, Thursday 3 July 2014

Prize: $3,000 + a publishing contract with UQP

For an unpublished poetry manuscript by a Queensland resident who has not yet published a book of poetry

Entry fee: $20

Payable by: [√] Direct Debit  [x] Credit Card    [√] Cheque    [√] Money order

Entry: [X ] Online   [√] Postal

Judges: Thomas Shapcott, Felicity Plunkett, Justin Clemens

For details press here

 

The Blake Poetry Prize

Closes: Friday, 4 July 2014

Prizes: First $5,000

For a new poem or suite of poems up to 100 lines exploring the spiritual and religious.

Entry fee: $20 per poem

Payable by: [x] Direct deposit [√] Credit card [ √] Cheque [√] Money order

Entry: [ x ] Online [√] Postal

For details press here

ACU Literature Prize

Closes: Monday, 7 July  2014

Prizes: First prize: $7000, Second prize: $2000, Third prize: $1000

For an outstanding poem on “the language of compassion”

Entry fee: $20 per poem

Payable by: [x] Direct deposit [√] Credit card [ √] Cheque [√] Money order

Entry: [ x ] Online [√] Postal

For details press here

The Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for an unpublished poem

Closing: 5pm, Thursday, 10 July 2014

Prizes: $1,000 + a week at Varuna House + publication in Cordite Poetry Review 
first prize, $500 second, $250 
third

For an unpublished poem or suite of poems of 100 lines or less

Entry fee: $20

Entry: [x ] Online   [√] Postal

Payable by: [√] Direct deposit     [ x ] Credit card   [√] Cheque    [ √] Money order

For details press here

 

 2014 WAPI Song Lyrics Contest

Closes: Midnight (WA time) Sunday 13 July, 2014

Prize: $200

For original, unpublished song lyrics (music not required).

Entry free: $6 per song

Payable by: [√ ] Direct deposit     [√] Paypal   [ √] Cheque    [√] Money order

Entry: [ √ ] Online   [x] Postal

For details press here

 

The All Poetry Competition

Closes: postmarked 14 July, 2014

Prizes: $200, $100, $60 plus a copy of the book Tangents by the Kitchen Table Poets.

For unpublished poems 14-40 lines written in English.

Entry fee: $7.50 per poem

Entry: [x ] Online   [√] Postal

Payable by: [x] Direct deposit     [ x ] Credit card   [√] Cheque    [ √] Money order

For details press here

 

Mudgee Valley Writers 14th Biennial Competition

Closes: Thursday 31st July 2014

Prizes: Open Sections– First $200 plus Trophy. Second $100. Third $50. Novice Sections – First $100 plus Trophy. Second $50. Third $30.Highly Commended and Commended Certificates awarded.

For Short Stories to 2000 words maximum & Poetry (Rhyming) to 60 lines maximum in Open and Novice (an author who has not previously won a monetary prize in any competition at time of entry) categories.

Entry fee:  $5 per entry or $12 for three entries.

Payable by: [x] Direct deposit   [X] Credit card   [√] Cheque   [√] Money order

Entry: [ x ] Online   [√] Postal

Entry forms can be obtained by sending a stamped self addressed envelope to:

PO Box 356, Mudgee NSW 2850  or email j.baggett@bigpond.com

Entry forms and all entries to be forwarded to: Competition Secretary,

Mudgee Valley Writers Inc, PO Box 356, Mudgee NSW 2850

John Knight Memorial Poetry Manuscript Prize 2014

Closes: EXTENDED TO: Thursday, July 31 2014

Prize: Publication with Erudite Scribe. Author receives 25 copies and a royalty contract.

For an unpublished poetry manuscript of 40 pages.

Entry fee: $20 per manuscript

Payable by: [√] Direct deposit   [√] Credit card   [ √] Paypal

Entry: [√ ] Online   [x] Postal

For details press here

 

 

Please check details with competition organisers, as this site bears no responsibility for late or incorrect entries!

For information on poetry competitions year-round, go to Australian Poetry Competitions 2014.

If a close date for the current year has not yet been set, the competition will not be listed.

This site welcomes information from comp organisers.

Please report any broken links. Thank you.

 

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Australian poetry competitions closing June 2014

Please check details with competition organisers before entering as this site bears no responsibility for late or ineligible entries!

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize

Closing:  EXTENDED UNTIL 15 June, 2014

Prizes: 1st prize $15,000, 2nd $5,000

There will also be four shortlisted poems. These will receive no additional payment beyond the standard payment for publication in the Prize Longlist Anthology. 60 poems selected for longlist will receive AUD$50 per poem upon publication in the Prize Longlist Anthology.

For an unpublished poem up to 50 lines with a maximum of 1,000 words.

Entry fee: $15 per poem if submitted by 31 January 2014 and
$20 per poem if submitted between 1 February and 15 June 2014.

Entry: online

For details press here

 

The Newcastle Poetry Prize

Closes: 5pm, Friday 16th June, 2014

Prizes: First: $12,000 Second: $5,000 Third: $1,000  Local Award: $500Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet under 35 years): $250 Hunter Writers Centre members’ award: $200. The shortlist of poems will be published in the annual anthology.

For an unpublished poem, or suite of poems, up to 200 lines

Entry fee: $33 per entry

Payable by: [√ ] Direct deposit    [√] Credit card   [ x] Cheque   [x] Money order

Entry: [√ ] Online   [x] Postal

 For details press here

FAWNS Vibrant Verse Poetry Competition

Closes: Monday, 30 June 2014

 Prizes: 1st $200; 2nd $100 plus certificates awarded at judges’ discretion

For poems to 60 lines in two categories:

Category A – Free verse, open style, open theme.

Category B – Traditional, rhymed or structured verse, open style, open theme.

Entry fee: $5 per poem

Payable by: [√ Direct deposit     [x] Credit card   [ √ Cheque    [√] Money order

Entry: [ x ] Online   [√] Postal 

For details press here

John Knight Memorial Poetry Manuscript Prize 2014

Closes: Monday, June 30 2014

Prize: Publication with Erudite Scribe. Author receives 25 copies and a royalty contract.

For an unpublished poetry manuscript of 40 pages.

Entry fee: $20 per manuscript

Payable by: [√] Direct deposit   [√] Credit card   [ √] Paypal

Entry: [√ ] Online   [x] Postal

For details press here

Please check details with competition organisers, as this site bears no responsibility for late or incorrect entries!

For information on poetry competitions year-round, go to Australian Poetry Competitions 2014.

If a close date for the current year has not yet been set, the competition will not be listed.

This site welcomes information from comp organisers.

Please report any broken links. Thank you.

 

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Australian poetry competitions closing May 2014

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize

Closing: 30 May, 2014 EXTENDED UNTIL 15 June, 2014

Prizes: 1st prize $15,000, 2nd $5,000

There will also be four shortlisted poems. These will receive no additional payment beyond the standard payment for publication in the Prize Longlist Anthology. 60 poems selected for longlist will receive AUD$50 per poem upon publication in the Prize Longlist Anthology.

For an unpublished poem up to 50 lines with a maximum of 1,000 words.

Entry fee: $15 per poem if submitted by 31 January 2014 and
$20 per poem if submitted between 1 February and 30 May 2014.

Entry: online

For details press here

SecondBite Poetry Competition

Closes: 5pm, May 30, 2014

Prizes: First $5,000, two runners-up $500 each.

For an unpublished, single-authored poem of up to 40 lines on the topic of food.

Entry fee: $15 per poem

Payable: [√] Online

Entry: [x] Online [√] Postal

For details press here

2014 Shoalhaven Literary Award for Poetry

Closes: Friday, 30th May 2014

Prizes: 1st: $1000 together with a two-week artist residency at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon on the Shoalhaven River.
2nd: $300
3rd: $100
Plus $200 Encouragement Award for winning entry from a Shoalhaven resident.

For an unpublished poem to 60 lines.

Entry fee: $10 per entry

Payable by: [√ ] Direct deposit [x] Credit card [ √] Cheque [√] Money order

Entry: [ x ] Online [√] Postal

For details press here

Please check details with competition organisers, as this site bears no responsibility for late or incorrect entries!

For information on poetry competitions year-round, go to Australian Poetry Competitions 2014.

If a close date for the current year has not yet been set, the competition will not be listed.

This site welcomes information from comp organisers.

Please report any broken links. Thank you.

 

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