There has been a lot of talk about literary prizes in QLD since the recent axing of the QLD Premiers Literary Awards, but never fear, we are still providing some of the leading poetry opportunities in the country! Here’s three great poetry competitions coming your way courtesy of QLD Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word & Arts QLD.
1. Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry
Named in honour of one of QLD’s finest poets, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry is committed to encouraging poets Australia wide. Entrants may submit multiple times, with each entry accompanied by a separate entry form and a separate entry fee.
Entry Fee : $20
Entries close 5pm Tuesday 10 July 2012.
1st Prize : $1,000 plus 1 week fully paid at Varuna Writers House
2nd Prize : $500
3rd Prize : $250
Download guideline and submission forms: Entry form Val Vallis Award 2012
2. Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize
Named in honour of a distinguished Queensland Poet, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize is committed to encouraging Queensland poets, who have a manuscript ready for publication. Now in its 9th year, this prestigious prize for an unpublished poetry manuscript comes with a total prize money of $3,000 together with a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press.
Entry fee: $20
Entries close by 5pm Thursday 12 July 2012.
Download guideline and submission forms: Entry form Thomas Shapcott Prize 2012
The winners of both these awards will be announced at the opening night of the Queensland Poetry Festival at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, on 24 August 2012.
3. The 2012 QPF Filmmakers Challenge
The Queensland Poetry Festival Filmmakers Challenge explores the arena where poetic expression and audio-visual technology collide.
We challenge filmmakers, video artists, poets, and all multimedia practitioners to create a short work (5 mins max); a record of poetry performance, a video text manipulation or something entirely different.
Poetry is defined broadly as memorable language. We are looking for originality; creativity; a piece that shows your understanding of the many varied and wonderful possibilities of language.
The winner will be announced at the 2012 Queensland Poetry Festival and the winning entry, along with a selection of shortlisted entries, will be screened at the festival (24 – 26 August).
Selection panel: angela rawlings (2012 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence), Francis Boyle (QPF Program Committee), Talina McKenzie (QPF Programs Coordinator)
Prize: $500 is up for grabs!
Entries close 5pm, Thursday 19 July 2012.
Download guideline & submissions form here.