ACU 2018 Prize for Poetry

Closing date: 20 July 2018.

Australian Catholic University has announced its 2018 Prize for Poetry, with the theme ‘Empathy’.

The competition is judged by Australian poet, distinguished academic, and critic Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe, who is one of the best known figures in Australia’s literary community and enjoys a wider reputation in the international world of letters.

Prizes, made possible through the sponsorship of the Office of the Vice President, are:

  • Winner $10,000
  • Second Prize $5,000
  • Third Prize $3,000.

Maximum length: 80 lines.

Australian residents, including any international student currently studying at an Australian university, are eligible to enter.

The winning and shortlisted poems will also be published in a chapbook which will be launched during the announcement of shortlisted, commended and winning poems at an event in Melbourne on Thursday 6 September.

Please read the full list of entry guidelines before submitting your entry online at

This annual poetry competition aims to support writers and to continue the tradition of the Catholic Church as a key patron of the arts.

Get involved on social media using the hashtag #ACUpoetry.



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