We received more than 500 entries for the 2013 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, the richest poetry prize for an emerging Australian poet. Overland poetry editor Peter Minter read the competition blind over the past two months, and has now arrived at a shortlist of 12 outstanding poems.
Winning poems for the $9000 prize will be announced toward the end of March and published in Overland’s first print issue for 2014.
Overland and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation are very pleased to announce the 2013 shortlist:
Carolyn Burns is a writer from Sydney. Her monologue Stick, produced as part of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s emerging playwright program, has been performed onstage around Australia and adapted to film. She recently submitted her PhD thesis on opera and adaptation theory at the University of Sydney.
‘Of the Moment’
Zenobia Frost is the assistant editor of Cordite Poetry Review and a poetry editor for Voiceworks magazine. Her work appears in Overland, Cordite, The Lifted Brow, Southerly and the Guardian. She has toured nationally performing her poetry. Zenobia’s forthcoming manuscript was shortlisted in the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Prize.
Myles Gough is a freelance journalist who has written for Al Jazeera, New Matilda and the Australian science magazine Cosmos. He also writes poetry and short fiction, and was the second runner-up in the 2012 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize.
‘Born-to-it (song cycle / cento)’
Banjo James is a poet and caterer who grew up in Adelaide. He now lives in Melbourne where his poetry has been published in Overland and Rabbit. He writes under his given name.
I’m fascinated by the limits of our understanding of the natural and in the shifting way poetry approaches ecology. This poem relates a trip I took through the Si Phan Don in Laos to my more familiar WA landscape.
Caitlin Maling has published poetry throughout Australia and the US for which she has received fellowships from Yaddo, Varuna, the Sitka Centre for Art and Ecology, and the Sante Fe Art Institute. She holds an MPhil from Cambridge University and an MFA from the University of Houston. Her first collection Conversations I’ve Never Had is forthcoming with Fremantle Press.
Andrew McLeod is a writer, critic and award-winning journalist. His work has most recently been published in Vlak and Rabbit. He was born in Newcastle and now lives in Melbourne, where he is completing his PhD at Monash University.
‘The Wailing Wall’
Mark Mordue is a writer, journalist and editor based in Sydney. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Technology Sydney and was the winner of the 2010 Pascall Prize for Australian Critic of the Year. He is currently working on a biography of Nick Cave.
Aden Rolfe is a poet and performance writer whose work has been published in the Age, Best Australian Poems and Cordite. He was the 2013 recipient of the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry from Varuna. This is the fourth time he’s been shortlisted for the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize.
‘Clothes Peg Inventor’
Gareth Thomas is a poet and visual artist living in the temperate mountains of the great connecting range of east coast Australia. Mostly he writes about the bewildering ecological interconnections embodied in everyday things, but also tries to face and find healing in the imperial violence of his mongrel bloodlines.
Andrew Michael Watts has studied English and creative writing. He works from home as a copyeditor in suburban Canberra.
Connor Weightman has lived most of his life in Perth. He studied Arts and Science at UWA, where he also did an honours year in creative writing in 2012. He has had poetry published in Westerly, Voiceworks and foam:e.
Mitchell Welch is a part-time public servant, student and researcher from Melbourne. His poems and short stories have been published in Australia and overseas, and he has spent the first part of 2014 researching political poetry on scholarship at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.