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The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

Competition closed.

The 2018 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. We have been inundated with over 1000 poems this year and cannot wait to read them all. 

Judging has now commenced and the winner will be officially announced at our awards ceremony on Friday 10 August. 

As an Australian poet, your contribution shapes our Australian culture. None believed this more so than 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. This annual $2500 prize has been generously endowed by Emeritus Professor Dawe to celebrate Australian poetry.

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