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12th Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2015

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open01-Dec-2015
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AwardFirst Prize: $5,000
EligibilityAll poets writing in English
RegionAll India
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Porter Prize, 

Australian Book Review,

Studio 2, 207 City Road,  


Victoria 3006,


What is 12th Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2015?

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the twelfth Peter Porter Poetry Prize, which is now worth a total of AU$7,500. All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live.

The Porter Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry. It honours the life and work of the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010), an honoured contributor to ABR for many years.

Poems must not exceed 75 lines and must be written in English.

Deadline for entries is 1 December 2015

First Prize: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The lady and the unicorn, 1975

Shortlisted Poets: $500

Online entry is recommended, but posted entries will be accepted.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live.

How can you apply ?

How to enter online

  •      We encourage poets to enter online.
  •      Online entries should be either PDFs or Word documents. The text should be presented with        single-line spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages should be numbered. Stanza breaks            must be clearly indicated.
  •      The author’s name must not appear in the document or in the name of the digital file.
  •      The file name should only include the title of the poem.
  •      Online entrants will receive automatic confirmation of receipt.

How to enter by mail

  •   We accept entries sent by post.
  •   Use the entry form available for download on the Porter Prize page on our website
  •   Poems sent by post must be printed on single-sided A4 paper, with single-line spacing and 12     pt font size.
  •   Only one copy is required.
  •   Manuscripts will not be returned.
  •   The poet’s name must not appear on the manuscript – only on the entry form.
  •   Cheques should be made payable to Australian Book Review.
  •   Entries will not be accepted by email or fax.
  •   Address for posted entries: Porter Prize, Australian Book Review, Studio 2, 207 City Road,   Southbank, Victoria 3006, Australia.
  •  Hard-copy entries postmarked 1 December 2015 will be accepted.
  •  Hard-copy entries will be acknowledged by email within one month of receipt (as long as a valid    email address is provided). Do not contact us for confirmation before this time has elapsed.


I don’t live in Australia and I am not an Australian citizen. Can I still enter?
Yes, you can. Anyone can enter the Porter Prize. But all poems must be written in English.

I’m interested in the Porter Prize but don’t know much about it. How can I familiarise myself with the competition?
This is the twelfth time that Australian Book Review has presented a poetry prize. Past issues containing the shortlisted and winning poems are available for subscribers to read online in online archive or to purchase in hard-copy from Online store

Can I enter multiple poems in one entry? 
No. Separate entries must be made, and transactions paid, for each poem entered into the Porter Prize. This is to ensure that a record is kept of each poem entered, and also to ensure that payment is successfully made for each.

Is there a limit to the number of poems I can enter? 
No, but as stated above, each poem must be entered and paid for separately, as individual entries.

I have written a poem with a friend, are we eligible to enter the Porter Prize?
No, poems entered into the Porter Prize must be written by one individual author.

Can I pay the discounted entry fee? 
Current print subscribers and yearly online subscribers may pay the discounted entry fee of AU$15 per entry. Non-subscribers pay AU$20 per entry. If you would like to subscribe to Australian Book Review in print or ABR Online, check this link Alternatively you can purchase a subscription to ABR Online with your entry for the combined price of AU$50. We will then send you your login details by email and you will be entitled to enter any additional poems at the discounted rate.

Note: Print subscribers must provide their subscriber number to be eligible for the discounted rate (this can be found on the flysheet sent out with the magazine, or on renewal notices – alternatively, email us and we will provide you with your subscriber number). Likewise, yearly subscribers to ABR Online must provide the email address with which they registered the online subscription.

Can I pay with PayPal? 
At this time we are accepting credit card payments ONLY – Visa and MasterCard. We regret that we cannot accept AMEX at this time.

Will I receive confirmation of payment? 
Yes, once you have submitted your online entry and payment form, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you supplied in the form. Keep a copy for your records. If you cannot find the confirmation email, be sure to check that it has not gone to your spam or junk folders.

I want to enter by mail, will I receive confirmation of receipt?
Yes, you will, but this will take longer. We will send a confirmation email within a month of receipt – as long as you provide us with a valid email address.

Who are the judges this year?
This year the Porter Prize will be judged by Luke Davies, Lisa Gorton, and Kate Middleton.

Will you give me feedback about my poem?
Unfortunately, we don’t have the time or resources to comment on individual poems.

How should I format my poem? 
Online entries should be presented with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages of poems should be numbered. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the name of the digital file.

Hard-copy entries should be typed and printed on one side of A4 white paper with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages of poems should be numbered. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. We will require one copy of each hard-copy entry.

How can I stay in touch with news about the Porter Prize? 
If you have provided us with a current email address we will contact you with news about the Prize. Another way to stay up-to-date with news about the Prize and other ABR prizes and events is to sign up to our Monthly e-News. You can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.


Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions

  • Entries must be a single poem of no more than 75 lines, written in English.
  • Multiple entries are permitted.
  • Entries must be original works written by an individual author.
  • Entries must not infringe upon anyone’s copyright.
  • Poems that are deemed to be works of plagiarism will be disqualified.
  • Entries should not be on offer to other publications or prizes or anthologies for the duration of the Porter Prize.
  • Previously published, shortlisted, prize-winning or broadcast poems will not be accepted. (Previous online appearances constitute prior publication.) Entries will be deemed ineligible if they are under contract to another publisher or broadcaster.
  • Poems entered in past Porter Prizes but not shortlisted may be re-entered.
  • Translations are not eligible.
  • The closing date for entries is midnight 1 December 2015.
  • If entrants subsequently withdraw their entries, the entry fee will not be refunded.
  • Shortlisted poets may be required to take part in events and media activities.
  • The prize money also covers publication in ABR Online and the print edition.
  • Copyright in the poem(s) remains with the poet.


  • The winner will receive AU$5,000, and Arthur Boyd’sThe lady and the unicorn, 1975, etching and aquatint, from the publication of the same name which Arthur Boyd produced with Peter Porter. This print is donated by Ivan Durrant in honour of Georges Mora
  • The shortlisted poets will each receive AU$500.

The Judging Process

  • Judging is completely anonymous.
  • The entrant’s name must not appear in the Word file/PDF, the file’s title, or on the hard copy – only on the entry form.
  • The judges are Luke Davies, Lisa Gorton (ABR’s Poetry Editor), and Kate Middleton.
  • ABR reserves the right not to award a prize.
  • A shortlist comprising a maximum of six poems will be announced and those poems will appear in the March or April 2016 issue of ABR. The winner will be announced later in March or April at a ceremony to which all entrants will be invited.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process.

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