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The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

Winners have been announced for the 2021 Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize, congratulations to Paul Hetherington for his entry 'Screen' and all the other shortlisted, highly commended and special mention entries. All entries can be found under winner section below.
04 JUN 2021

As an Australian poet, your contribution shapes our culture. None believed this more so than the late Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary poets. Professor Dawe believed that universities should support the study of literature and promote the Arts in Australian society. His decision to sponsor this prominent Literary Prize is ongoing, living proof of his conviction.

Entries open on Wednesday 10 March at 8.00am AEST. Read the how to enter information below and the terms and conditions before entering to ensure you meet entry requirements. Competition closes on Friday 4 June 2021 at 4.00pm.


The 2021 winner of The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize will receive $3000, and two highly commended entrants will be awarded $500 each.

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