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The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize (2007-)
or The Overland Judith Wright Prize for New and Emerging Poets
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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.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2021

winner Ender Baskan for 'Are You Ready Poem'.

Year: 2020

winner Border Control : Meditations i "Were you born on a Thursday in Cleopatra", Sara Saleh , 2021 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 242 2021; (p. 57-58) Groundswell: The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Artists 2021; (p. 172-173)

Year: 2019

winner No Alarms i "Give the brigalows time to impersonate metal. Fold the final", Dan Hogan , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 238 2020; (p. 59) Groundswell: The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Artists 2021; (p. 87)

Year: 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) Groundswell: The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Artists 2021; (p. 96-97)

Year: 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) Groundswell: The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Artists 2021; (p. 20-21)

Works About this Award

Judges’ Report Jill Jones , Toby Fitch , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 226 2017; (p. 28)

'It has been a pleasure and an honour to judge the 2016 Judith Wright Prize for Emerging Poets. While reading the entries, we kept in mind Wright’s words on the central cultural role poetry plays:

I think poetry should be treated, not as a lofty art separated from life, but as a way of seeing and expressing not just the personal view, but the whole context of the writer’s times.

(Introduction)

2015 Judith Wright Poetry Prize Shortlist 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , February 2016;
The 2015 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize Toby Fitch , Peter Minter , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 222 2016; (p. 23-24)

Writing in June 1971 to the classical scholar and poet Martin Robertson, Judith Wright fondly remarked on a young man who was caretaking ‘Calanthe’, her forest home:

Now I am here again, and sharing the house with one of Meredith’s friends, a delightful young man who is reading his way onwards through all my books, hasn’t a penny and is technically on the run from the police, being a draft resister. [...] He has a very good mind, the kind that turns things over and comes up with the other side of them unexpectedly two days later as though the conversation was still going on. (Introduction)

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