Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2015

Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2017

Last date to apply

December 1, 2016

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About Peter Porter Poetry Prize

  • Applications are invited from al poets writing in English irrespective of where they live for 12th Peter Porter Poetry Prize by Australian Book Review.
  • 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.

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Peter Porter Poetry Prize Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Global
Class/ Age Open to Poets across the world
  • Nationality: People of all Nationalities are eligible to participate
  • Age: Age no Bar
  • Poets from across the world are eligible to participate
  • ABR contributors and volunteers may enter.

Not Eligible to participate

 ABR staff, board members, and editorial advisers are not eligible to enter

Peter Porter Poetry Prize Reward

  • First Prize: AU$5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The lady and the unicorn, 1975
  • The shortlisted poets will each receive AU$500.

Peter Porter Poetry Prize Application form and Process

Interested candidates can participate in Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2017 via either of the two modes discussed below:

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

Mode 1: Online: To enter the Porter Prize Online candidates have to fill in the Application Form available online

Specifications of the Online Entries

  • Format: 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 file name should only include the title of the poem.
  • The author’s name must not appear in the document or in the name of the digital file.

Mode 2: Offline (By Mail): To enter the Porter Prize Offline candidates have to download the Application Form available online

Specifications of the Offline entries

  • Poems sent by post must be printed on single-sided A4 paper.
  • The text should be presented with single-line spacing and in 12 pt font size
  • The poet’s name must not appear on the manuscript – only on the entry form.

Important Points

  • Cheques should be made payable to Australian Book Review.
  • Only one copy is required.
  • Hard-copy entries postmarked 1 December 2016 will not be accepted.
  • Participating candidates name must not appear in the Word file/PDF, the file’s title or on the hard copy. It should appear only on the entry form

Submission of Entries

The duly written poem as per the prescribed specifications has to be sent to the following address along with the cheque:

Porter Prize, 
Australian Book Review,
Studio 2, 207 City Road,
Southbank, Victoria 3006,

Acknowledgment: Hard-copy entries will be acknowledged by email within one month of receipt

ABR Participation Fees


Amount payable

Online entry (current subscriber)


Current ABR Subscribers


Online entry + 1 Year ABR subscription



Kindly Note: Candidates’ applying online has to pay fees online via credit card ONLY – Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Peter Porter Poetry Prize Selection Process

Judging is completely anonymous.

  • The judges are Ali Alizadeh, Jill Jones, and Felicity Plunkett.
  • A list of 6 shortlisted maximum of six poems will be announced and those poems will appear in the March or April 2017 issue of ABR.
  • The winner will be announced later in March or April 2017 at a ceremony to which all entrants will be invited.
  • The judges’ decision would be final and abiding

Peter Porter Poetry Prize Address

Australian Book Review
Studio 2, 207 City Road
Southbank, Vic., 3006

Peter Porter Poetry Prize Contact Details

Tel: (03) 9699 8822
Fax: (03) 9699 8803

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