12th Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2015

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EligibilityAll poets writing in English
AwardFirst Prize: $5,000

About the Program


Last Updated On : 07-09-2015   Posted By : Admin

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.

  • 12th Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2015

    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.
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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