Poetry Prize guidelines

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The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets is proudly sponsored by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation


Major prize: $6000
Second prize: $2000
Third prize: $1000

The judge for the 2015 competition is Overland’s current poetry editor, Peter Minter, and Overland’s incoming poetry editor, Toby Fitch. Winners will be announced in Overland 222, autumn 2016.

Note: this competition has been extended. Now closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 6 December 2015.

Entry conditions

  1. The award is open to poets who have had no more than one solo collection of their work commercially published: that is, by a publishing house with commercial distribution.
  2. Entrants must be citizens of Australia or New Zealand  or have permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand.
  3. Poems must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  4. Poems that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  5. Selection will be made by Overland’s current and incoming poetry editors.
  6. The winning poems will be published in Overland.
  7. All submitted poems may be considered for publication in Overland.
  8. Entries must be submitted electronically via the Overland submittable system.
  9. An entry fee of $12 for Overland subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers will be charged. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
  10. The name of the poet must not appear on the manuscript (including the header or footer) since all poems will be considered anonymously.
  11. Poems must be no more than 80 lines.
  12. Multiple entries are permitted, though a separate fee applies to each poem.
  13. Please ensure you are satisfied with your poem before submtting. Poems that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.
  14. The competition closes 11.59pm, Sunday 6 December 2015.
  15. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  16. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
  17. Winners will be announced in March 2016. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.


Enter the 2015 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize.