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History

'Named in honour of a distinguished Queensland poet, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript is committed to encouraging emerging Queensland poets.  Now in its 17th year, this prestigious prize for an unpublished poetry manuscript comes with total prize money of $2,000 and a publishing contract. This prize is funded by Arts Queensland and supported by (University of Queensland Press) UQP.' (https://queenslandpoetryfestival.com/awards/thomas-shapcott-poetry-prize/)

Winners

2019 winner Luke Best for 'Cadaver Dog'.
2018 winner Anna Jacobson
2017 winner y separately published work icon Milk Teeth Rae White , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2018 14069138 2018 selected work poetry

'In the bright mirror morning, I scratch
at flaked skin & peel lengths
of stringy flesh to expose
crackle quartz jutting from my neck
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'In this highly original debut collection, Rae White’s edgy and playful poems challenge notions of category, identity, form and gender. Bodies transform, nature morphs and words dart and shift. White’s wise and provocative poems define new ways, new languages.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon The Agonist Shastra Deo , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2017 12000833 2017 selected work poetry

'With its wildness and originality, The Agonist is an exhilarating collection. Exploring the languages of anatomy, etymology and incantation, these poems craft conversations about fracture and repair, energy, love and danger. '  (Publication summary)

2015 winner Stuart Barnes for his manuscript The Staysails
2014 winner y separately published work icon Eating My Grandmother : A Grief Cycle Krissy Kneen , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2015 8656311 2015 selected work poetry

'I pick a grain of her, stolen from the urn place it on my tongue. Her body. My blood.

'She lodges in me.

'Bereft after her grandmother's death, Krissy Kneen began writing these poems in an attempt to make sense of her loss. This powerful work offers a kaleidoscope of fitful dreams, tender memories and heart-struck musings that shine new light on our own mortality.' (Publication summary)

2013 winner y separately published work icon The Special David Stavanger , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2014 7673880 2014 selected work poetry

'Both fun and playful, Stavanger’s poems display wit and beguiling originality. They shift from the oddball to the vulnerable and from the zany to the deeply meditative.

Stavanger’s collection embodies a spirit of the post-post-modern in both intellect and spark, while playing off cool disjunctions against electrifying erudition. There is a strong trace of the performative and dramatic in these poems – Stavanger’s flair for performance poetry gives this award-winning collection a distinct and likeable flavour.' (Publication summary)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Free Logic Rachel Briggs , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2013 6060450 2013 selected work poetry
2011 winner y separately published work icon Water Mirrors Nick Powell , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2012 Z1871345 2012 selected work poetry 'Water Mirrors was inspired by the author Nicholas Powell's "enchanting and disorientating" experience of moving to Finland. His poems circle intimacy, illusions, and the task of reconciling the many facets of experience. It is concerned with fluctuating perceptions, and with the relationship of language to meaning and aesthetics. Subjects range from the personal to the political, to art and nature.' Source: www.uqp.uq.edu.au/ (Sighted 02/07/2012).
2010 winner y separately published work icon Another Babylon Vlanes , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2011 Z1771564 2011 selected work poetry 'In Another Babylon the poems whisper and call to each other, weaving a 'mesh of little certainties' that is boundless. Gods, myths and folk tales, be they borrowed or idiosyncratic, are the carriers of wisdom in these poems but the paradox of their message is clear. It is the truly conscious individual who is informing and informed by the cosmos. With a craftsman's care and precision, Vlanes presents his world. Directly yet subtly it enters the reader's nervous system to articulate the sheer vitality of life. With startling originality Another Babylon calls our attention to the spirit of life to reveal the place where 'our perfect self is awaiting us'. (From publisher's website)
2009 winner y separately published work icon An Absence of Saints Rosanna Licari , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2010 Z1713221 2010 selected work poetry
2008 winner y separately published work icon Vanishing Point Felicity Plunkett , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2009 Z1618450 2009 selected work poetry
2007 winner y separately published work icon Aria Sarah Holland-Batt , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2008 Z1522089 2008 selected work poetry
2006 winner y separately published work icon Parts of Speech Angela Gardner , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2007 Z1423278 2007 selected work poetry
2005 winner y separately published work icon Sweeping the Light Back into the Mirror Nathan Shepherdson , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 Z1308396 2006 selected work poetry
2004 winner y separately published work icon Latecomers Jaya Savige , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2005 Z1213117 2005 selected work poetry

'Winner of the prestigious Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, Jaya Savige’s latecomers is a first collection of poems by one of Australia’s most exciting young poets. Lively, playful, and always intelligent, Savige’s poems show an awareness of place, of the inescapability of history, and a personal commitment to the precision of language. ‘The poems in latecomers go beyond what we take for granted these days in a first collection: refinement of language and cadence, allusiveness, wit. Moving easily through abstract wonders and the streets of the inner city, they return for nourishment to family and ‘the Island’ – Bribie, its fishing-life and beaches – as a test always of what is native and endures’ – DAVID MALOUF' (Publication summary)

2003 inaugural winner y separately published work icon War is Not the Season for Figs Lidija Cvetkovic , Newtown : Vagabond Press , 2001 Z823140 2001 selected work poetry This volume of multicultural writing contains some 33 short poems, several of which were published during the preceding decade. Arranged under three thematic headings - Reliable Magic, The Process of Separation and Luminous - the poems often feature reflections of a single persona. Youthful memories of family life, marital and unrequited love in the Balkan motherland are recalled and circumscribed by the aftermath of recent civil strife and war.
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