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History

The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets was established in 2007 to foster poetry by writers who have not yet published a book of poems under their own name.

It is named in honour of Judith Wright, one of Australia's best-loved poets.

The prize is supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and is the richest and most prestigious prize for emerging poets in Australia.

Source: http://overland.org.au/prizes/ Sighted: 29/11/2013.

Winners (also see subcategories)v1869

2018 winner Acacia Land i "Can you see this picture - in Ngiyampaa and Gamilaraay country?", Julie Janson , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 234 2019; (p. 24-26)
2017 winner Guarded by Birds i "When you go", Evelyn Araluen , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 230 2018; (p. 27-28)
2016 joint winner OK Cupid i "A man who ‘writes’ messages me on OkCupid saying he won’t read other authors,", Holly Isemonger , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 226 2017; (p. 31)
Judges Report : Holly Isemonger’s ‘OK cupid’, the other equal first-place prizewinner, is a dark, post-digital love poem in which the words of three stanzas are recombined to tell a warped tale about the split-second decisions one makes in the world of online dating. The poem could be seen as a nocturne: the words rotate almost musically, but the recombinations also deconstruct the events within the poem. ‘OK cupid’ shows how repetition is really, in Gertrude Stein’s sense, insistence.
2016 joint winner Many Girls White Linen i "no mist no mystery", Alison Whittaker , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 226 2017; (p. 29-30)
Judges Report : In Alison Whittaker’s ‘MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN’, which placed equal first, the plight of First Nations peoples is front and centre. Through its torsional rhymes and rhythms, the poem eviscerates the iconic whiteness of Picnic at Hanging Rock and stuns with its own iconic imagery: ‘amongst gums collecting grit / where blak girls hang / nails’. The poem is, to quote Whittaker, ‘raw rousing horrifying’.
2016 joint winner Holly Isemonger for ‘OK cupid’
2016 joint winner Alison Whittaker for 'Many Girls White Linen'
2015 winner Ella O'Keefe for ‘alkaway’
2015 winner Alkaway Ella O'Keefe , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 222 2016; (p. 25) Active Aesthetics : Contemporary Australian Poetry 2016;
2014 winner Hyper-Reactive i "rip through traffic lights in Brunswick", Melody Paloma , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 218 2015; (p. 84-85)
2013 winner Topography Myles Gough , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 214 2014; (p. 90-91)
2012 winner Augury? i "I'm not sure if I'm following a trail", Luke Fischer , 2013 single work poetry
— Appears in: Award Winning Australian Writing 2013 2013; (p. 32-34) Overland , Autumn no. 210 2013; (p. 46-47)
2011 winner Rock Candy i "once a bird flew in a blue moon. shell", Joel Ephraims , 2012 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 206 2012; (p. 56-57) Award Winning Australian Writing 2012 2012; (p. 129-131)
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