Poetry Prize guidelines

Entry conditions

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

Winners will be published in Overland 226, autumn 2017.

  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. The prize is open to Australian and international writers.
  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 Poems must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.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. The winning poems will be published in Overland.
  6. All submitted poems may be considered for publication in Overland.
  7. Entries must be submitted electronically via the Overland submittable system.
  8. 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.
  9. The name of the poet must not appear on the manuscript (including the header or footer) since all poems will be considered anonymously.
  10. Poems must be no more than 80 lines.
  11. Multiple entries are permitted, though a separate fee applies to each poem.
  12. Please ensure you are satisfied with your poem before submitting. Poems that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.
  13. The competition closes 11.59pm, Sunday 20 November 2016.
  14. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
  16. Winners will be announced in February 2017. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.


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