This prize is awarded annually by Australian Book Review. The prize was formerly known as the ABR Poetry Prize. It was established under that name in 2005, and was renamed in honour of the poet Peter Porter in 2010. The prize is given for a single poem of no more than 100 lines. All poems are judged anonymously.
The prize comes with a cash reward, and the winning poem is published in Australian Book Review. Winners are not inevitably Australian poets: in 2018, the prize was won by Hong Kong-based Nicholas Wong.
The ABR Poetry Prize was first awarded in 2005 with winner receiving $2,000. The prize is limited to a single poem of no more than 100 lines.
In 2010, following the death of Peter Porter and with the permission of his family, this prize was re-named the Peter Porter Poetry Prize.
'In today’s episode, listen to the shortlisted poets for the 2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize – Chris Arnold, Dan Disney, Michael Farrell, Anthony Lawrence, and Debbie Lim – read their poems. This year, our judges Sarah Holland-Batt, Jaya Savige, and Anders Villani had 1,330 poems to assess. In their comments, they write: ‘The five accomplished shortlisted poems each share a narrative bent, a focus on form (four out of five are stanzaic), and a capacity to startle and surprise with vivid imagery, linguistic torque, humour, and juxtaposition.’' (Production summary)
'At a lively ceremony at Potts Point Bookshop on August 10, David Malouf named Eliza Robertson as the winner of the 2017 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Pheidippides’. Robertson’s story ‘explores the changing relationships between a marathon runner, a journalist and his wife in the wake of tragedies. It is a powerfully observed, beautiful, and unflinching story that shows the different paths that people take to cope with grief and trauma,’ said Jolley Prize judge Amy Baillieu at the ceremony.' (Introduction)