Published in Overland Issue The 2018 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize Uncategorized About the prize Editorial team Established in 2016, Queensland Poetry Festival’s Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize is Australia’s only open-age Indigenous poetry prize for an unpublished poem. Named in honour of Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse, after receiving permission from Oodgeroo’s family and in close consultation with Quandamooka Festival. The winner of the 2018 prize was announced at the opening night of the Queensland Poetry Festival. The prize is open to Aboriginal poets, emerging and established, throughout Australia. The prize for a single poem (or suite of poems) of 80 lines or under is $2,000, plus a series of mentoring sessions with an established Indigenous poet. The highest-placed Quandamooka entry receives $500 plus a membership to Queensland Writers Centre. QPF would like to thank Copyright Agency for funding this prize, as well as the support of Queensland Writers Centre, Overland and Quandamooka Festival. QPF also thanks the Walker family for their support in the naming this prize. The 2018 judges Jeanine Leane and Graham Akhurst Winner Brenda Saunders – ‘Quandongs’ Judges’ comments The imagery, symbolism, and language are powerful and underplayed in a poem that highlights the importance of intergenerational transference of knowledge and tradition. Highly Commended Claire G Coleman – ‘I am the road’ Yvette Henry Holt – ‘Mother(s) Native Tongue’ Julie Jedda Janson – ‘Waiali Possum Cloak’ Jilian Boyd Bowie – ‘Descendant, MABO and Woman’ (suite of three poems) Image: Sunrise and silence / flickr Editorial team More by Editorial team Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 9 December 2022 Fiction Fiction | Quitting Matthew Sini A week after Tom left, Gus was yawning through a morning piss when the patter on the roof intensified to a rattle. Before he could shake the last few dribbles into the toilet bowl, the rattle swelled into a roar. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 December 20229 December 2022 Politics Socialist politics after the elections in Victoria Daniel Lopez Speculative strategy aside, the most satisfying thing about the Victorian Socialists result is that it proves there’s a mass audience for an explicitly socialist project. It’s not just that socialism is electorally viable. It’s more than that. Now, VS has made it possible to articulate a socialist answer to the systemic problems that are degrading our lives. And, if we place our bets wisely, we can back it up with numbers, both in and out of parliament.