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Supported by the Scanlon Foundation. The Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry is the only prize in Australia specifically to books of Indigenous poetry, its purpose being to encourage the work of Indigenous poets, and to make their poetry more widely known and appreciated. The Prize is now in its tenth year of existence. The Scanlon Prize is awarded to a poet for the best single-author collection of Aboriginal poetry published in the last two years.The award includes a prize of $2000. (


2016 winner y separately published work icon Love Poems and Death Threats Love Poems and Death Threats : A Collection of Poetry by Samuel Wagan Watson Samuel Wagan Watson , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2014 7667424 2014 selected work poetry

'The much-anticipated new volume of poetry from the winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Book of the Year

'Samuel Wagan Watson set the literary world alight in 1999 with his David Unaipon award-winning collection of poems Of Muse, Meandering and Midnight. His next volume, Smoke Encrypted Whispers, won Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards over Tim Winton.

'In this, his first new volume of poetry in nearly a decade, he once again excites, inspires and shocks. Woven into this collection is a dark, satirical take on contemporary Australia, with its acquisitiveness and materialism, Wagan Watson shows an intense political engagement. The poems are dynamic, vivid and powerful, containing the clear language of witness reminiscent of Indigenous song-writers such as Kev Carmody and Dr Yunupingu.

'Love Poems and Death Threats breaks new ground for Indigenous Australian writing and adds to Samuel Wagan Watson’s reputation as one of our most exciting poets.' (Publication summary)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Connection Requital Lionel Fogarty , Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2010 6903339 2010 selected work poetry

'A Murri man, Lionel Fogarty is a poet and activist. His first collection of poems, Kargun, was published in 1980, and he has since published eight further collections, including Dha’gun Jabree Djan Mitti andYerrabilela Jimbelung: Poems about Family and Friends. Fogarty has also published a children’s book, Booyooburra, a traditional Wakka Wakka story. Since the 1970s he has been active in many of the political struggles of the Aboriginal people, particularly in southern Queensland, from the Land Rights movement, to setting up Aboriginal health and legal services, to the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody – Fogarty’s brother, Daniel, died in police custody in 1993.' (Source: Publisher's website)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Dark Secrets : After Dreaming (AD) 1887-1961 Jeanine Leane , Berry : PressPress , 2010 Z1306454 2010 sequence poetry 'This collection of poems tells the story of women's experiences from After the Dreaming (AD), 1887 to 1961. Inspired by anecdotal and family stories from Wiradjuri women, it moves from campfire to captivity to confinement and through colonisation.' Source: Dust jacket.
2008 winner y separately published work icon Anonymous Premonition Yvette Holt , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2008 Z1457819 2008 selected work poetry 'Winner of the 2005 David Unaipon Award, Anonymous Premonition gives the low-down on what it is to be an Indigenous woman today. Her collection of startling and fresh poems treats us to an energetic and unconventional journey from love, sex, empowerment and travel to motherhood and family, activism and grief.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)
2007 winner y separately published work icon I'm Not Racist, But... : A Collection of Social Observations Anita Heiss , Cambridge : Salt Publishing , 2007 Z1387344 2007 selected work poetry (taught in 4 units) I'm Not Racist, but ... is a collection of social observations, thoughts and conversations that will challenge the reader to consider issues of imposed and real Aboriginal identity, the process of reconciliation and issues around saying 'sorry', notions of 'truth' and integrity, biculturalism and invisible whiteness, entrenched racism and political correctness.' Source: Publisher's blurb.