This prize was established in 2007, with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, to foster poetry by writers who have not yet published a book of poems under their own name (see the prize guidelines for details). The 2014 major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winning poems will also be published in Overland. The 2014 competition closes at midnight on Saturday 15 November.
The competition will be judged by Overland poetry editor, Peter Minter, with winners announced in the first issue of Overland in 2015.
Please ensure you read the prize guidelines and confirm your eligibility before submitting.
This year, there are three ways to enter the competition: as a new subscriber, current subscriber, or non-subscriber. (Please note: Overland depends on its subscribers for its existence and the fee structure reflects that.)
[Update: even though Subscriberthon 2014 is over, all new poetry subscriptions will still go into the draw for the major subscriberthon prizes. That means, if you take out a subscription as you enter the prize, you have a chance not only to win the $6000 poetry prize but also the four major subscriberthon prizes, valued at thousands of dollars.]
New subscriber – $56
(Includes $12 entry fee and $44 subscription)
Writers can subscribe to Overland for one year (four issues) at a discounted rate, and enter the competition at the special subscriber rate. Take out a new subscription, enter the poetry competition and go into the draw for the major subscriberthon prizes.
Current subscriber – $12
Current Overland subscribers enter the competition at the special subscriber rate of $12. Current subscribers enter the competition here.
Non-subscriber – $20
Entry to the competition for non-subscribers is $20. Non-subscribers enter the competition here.