Judges’ report for the Nakata Brophy Prize


The winning entry is Jessica Hart’s ‘Land Mountain’. Jessica is to be commended for two very strong poems, with ‘Nouveau’ also being highly rated by the judges. Both her poems were striking in their sophistication and elegant use of language. Second place went to Elijah Loutitt’s  ‘Blackground’ for its great intertwining of language, imagery and political message. Third was awarded to Jared Field’s innovative ‘Time and other observations’.

The judges were impressed by the overall quality of the poems, which demonstrated both passion and a broad use of genres. An impressive start to the Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers.

Peter Minter

Peter Minter is a leading Australian poet and writer on poetry and poetics, and Overland’s outgoing poetry editor.

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, Blood, The Promise and Ghost River. He is currently research fellow in the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University.

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