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Three Great Poetry Competitions!

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 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry

Named in honour of one of QLD’s finest poets, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry is committed to encouraging poets Australia wide.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 Now in its 9th year, this prestigious prize for an unpublished poetry manuscript comes with a total prize money of $3,000 together with a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press.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.

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Queensland Poetry Festival presents: Poetry on the Deck

Queensland Poetry Festival, QLD Writers Centre & Riverbend Books are proud to present the first event in this years Riverbend Books Readings. Join us on the Riverbend deck and enjoy the sounds and imagery of award winning poets Anna Krien (2008 Val Vallis Award) and Felicity Plunkett (2008 Thomas Shapcott Award); global traveler Alan Jefferies and emerging Brisbane voice, Jessika Tong.

Date: Tuesday 24 February
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at www.riverbendbooks.com.au

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

About the poets:


Felicity Plunkett’s manuscript Vanishing Point won the 2008 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize and is forthcoming with UQP. She is an Honorary Research Consultant at the University of Queensland, where she teaches literature and poetics, and a widely-published reviewer. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies including Best Australian Poetry 2008, The Best Australian Poems 2008, Heat, Southerly and Blue Dog, and was awarded Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prizes in 2006 and 2007.



Alan Jefferies was born in Brisbane and grew up in Cleveland. He lived in Sydney and Coalcliff for much of the 80’s and 90’s and obtained degrees in Communication and Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney. In 1998 he moved to Hong Kong where he lived until 2007. With Kit Kelen and Mani Rao he started the spoken word reading OutLoud. In 2002 an anthology of work from these readings was published (Outloud: an anthology of poetry from Outloud readings, Hong Kong). He has published 5 collections of poetry, his most recent being Homage and other poems (Chameleon, 2007). He was recently an invited participant at the ‘Cairo International Forum of Arabic poetry’ and the ‘Tenth International Literature Festival’ in Romania. He now lives in Redland Bay. He keeps a musical alter ego at www.myspace.com/psychicstreetsweepers



Anna Krien’s writing has been published in The Big Issue, The Monthly, The Age newspaper, Best Australian Essays 2005 & Best Australian Essays 2006 – published by Black Inc, Griffith Review, Voiceworks, Going Down Swinging, COLORS, Best Australian Stories 2008, and Frankie magazine. Her poem ‘The Last Broadcasters’ won the 2008 Val Vallis Award. Once she had a neurological cat scan, which came back saying she had an unremarkable brain.



Jessika Tong grew up in a small pine village on the Northern Island of New Zealand and has spent most of her adult life in Central and South East Queensland. Jessika has appeared within various literary journals including The Age, The Australian Literature Review, The Westerly, Wet Ink and Verandah22. Her first collection, The Anatomy of Blue was released in December 2008 by Sunline Press. “Astonishingly powerful, her raw imagery says what is often left unsaid or couched in more genteel terms. This poetry drives relentlessly into avoided spaces and territory that remains a wilderness. Confronting and irreverent” (Roland Leach 2008). Jessika is twenty-six and is currently a student at QUT, Brisbane.


Watch this space for features on each of these poets in the weeks leading up to this event.


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