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History

The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is an annual competition inaugurated by FAWWA in 1975 in memory of Australian author Joseph Furphy (1843 - 1912) who wrote under the name Tom Collins.

Winners

2018 winner Chris Konrad

for 'Busted Piano Man'.

2017 winner August Burns the Sky like Rubber i "A fist of dough, sunlight fallen", Mindy Gill , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Award Winning Australian Writing 2017 2017; (p. 191-193)
2017 winner Andy Kissane

For 'Rock the Baby'.

2015 winner Jennifer Kornberger for Sisters, with Cabbages
2010 winner The Memory of Earth i "The wetlands have watermarked her. Rivers", Annamaria Weldon , 2010 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 56 no. 1 2011; (p. 96-97) Writ. Poetry Review , September no. 3 2015;

The subject of this poem is 'the Pinjarra Massacre of 1834, where a party of men, led by Governor James Stirling, surrounded the camp of the Bindjareb Nyungars in Pinjarra and opened fire'. (Judges' report, 2010 Tom Collins Poetry Prize.)

2007 The Termitary Jena Woodhouse , 2010 sequence poetry
— Appears in: Foam:e , no. 7 2010;
Highly commended
2004 winner Exit Wounds i "I found a used condom in your room today", Kay Cairns , 2007 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Weighing of the Heart : An Anthology of Emerging West Australian Poets 2007; (p. 125)
2002 winner The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife i "Not an ordinary lighthouse,", Barbara Temperton , 2005 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 50 no. 2005; (p. 199-200) At Caversham and Other Poems 2006; (p. 4-5) The Best Australian Poetry 2006 2006; (p. 85-87) Hidden Desires 2006; (p. 81-83) Motherlode : Australian Women's Poetry 1986 - 2008 2009; (p. 215-216) "22" 2009; (p. 17)
1999 winner The Photograph of My Father i "My mother first saw my father in a photograph,", Roland Leach , 1999-2002 single work poetry
— Appears in: OZpoet : The Definitive Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry 1999-2002; Drowning Ophelia 2000; (p. 49-50) Ulitarra , July no. 17/18 2000; (p. 13-14)
1996 winner The Slow Process of Widowing i "The lake today was soft looking", Gwenda Steff , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 2-3)
1995 winner Exile i "At night the house croons, slips", Jan Teagle Kapetas , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 14-15) emPOWa : Poetry from Western Australia , Issue 1 2000; (p. 20-22)
1994 winner Slaughtering the Lamb i "On the crossed bars in the dust", Jan Teagle Kapetas , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 24-25) The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry 2017;
1993 winner Relic i "an ancient man", Roland Leach , 1995 single work poetry
— Appears in: Shorelines : Three Poets 1995; (p. 87) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 34) Drowning Ophelia 2000; (p. 65)
1992 winner End of the World i "She was going to Heaven with her suitcase", Barbara Brandt , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August/September vol. 9 no. 4 1994; (p. 18) Shorelines : Three Poets 1995; (p. 36-37) At Caversham and Other Poems 2006; (p. 12-13)
1992 winner Edge of the World i "She was going to Heaven with her suitcase", Barbara Brandt , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 43-44)
1991 winner Aboriginal Rock Carvings i "History books of stone,", Emmett O'Keefe , 1993 single work poetry
— Appears in: Live at Don Bank : Live Poets' Society Anthology no.2 1993; (p. 119-120) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 48-49)
1990 winner In Blessed and in Broken Times i "Old Mother -", Jane Turner , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 58-59)
1989 winner Solitary Confinement i "Who among us begins to know", Dorothy Clancy McGowan , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 67-68)
1988 winner Four Men i "The contraption is like a small", Andrew Lansdown , 1991 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Grasshopper Heart 1991; (p. 16-18) Fremantle Arts Review , April vol. 6 no. 4 1991; (p. 14) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 77-79) Communion : And Other Poems 2003; (p. 4-6) Birds in Mind : Australian Nature Poems 2009; (p. 110-112) Australian Poetry Since 1788 2011; (p. 944-946)
1987 winner At the Fairlawn Hotel, Calcutta i "The photo is so green -", Peter Jeffery , 1988 single work poetry
— Appears in: Celebrations : Bicentennial Anthology of Fifty Years of Western Australian Poetry and Prose 1988; (p. 174-175) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 87-88)
1986 winner Menagerie for the Seven Chakras i "Sidewise the traveller", Mary Chapman , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 95-96)
1985 winner D.M.S. i "This year didn't begin heavily", Mary Anne Paton , 1986 single work poetry
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , June vol. 1 no. 6 1986; (p. 9) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 109)
1984 winner Lancelin Mary Dilworth , 1989 sequence poetry
— Appears in: Clinging to the Coast : Lines from Lancelin and Beyond 1989; (p. 24-25) Riding to a Paradise 1993; (p. 73-75) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 122-123)
1983 winner Visitors i "I turn to you here with the company growing", Alan Alexander , 1987 single work poetry
— Appears in: Northline 1987; (p. 37) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 134)
1982 joint winner Naxos Beach i "Under brown peaks", Mark O'Connor , 1982 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Bulletin (Literary Supplement) , 5 October vol. 102 no. 5334 1982; (p. 86) The Fiesta of Men 1983; (p. 28) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 151)
1982 joint winner Circus in the Rain i "Is this comfort, this steady onrush", Shane McCauley , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Chinese Feast : Poems 1984; (p. 6) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 149-150)
1981 winner On Stradbroke Farm i "Heap wheat and you give it life, they know", Peter Bibby , 1988 single work poetry
— Appears in: Celebrations : Bicentennial Anthology of Fifty Years of Western Australian Poetry and Prose 1988; (p. 83-84) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 159-160)
1980 winner Two Sisters i "Summer nights!", Dorothy Clancy McGowan , 1983 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , April no. 87 1983; (p. 16-18) Celebrations : Bicentennial Anthology of Fifty Years of Western Australian Poetry and Prose 1988; (p. 56-58) Wordhord : A Critical Selection of Contemporary Western Australian Poetry 1989; (p. 270-272) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 170-172)
1979 winner Every Three Weeks, Albany i "This is not our town.", Lee Knowles , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Quarry : A Selection of Contemporary Western Australian Poetry 1981; (p. 59) Dial Marina 1986; (p. 52) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 179)
1978 winner Concerning Chickens Andrew Lansdown , 1998 sequence poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 186-188)
1977 winner Farmlands Dorothy Clancy McGowan , 1979 sequence poetry
— Appears in: Summerland : A Western Australian Sesquicentenary Anthology of Poetry and Prose 1979; (p. 20-22) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 193-195)
1976 winner Streamer i "What force of reunion", Peter Bibby , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Quarry : A Selection of Contemporary Western Australian Poetry 1981; (p. 42-44) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 204-206)
1975 winner Listening Post i "The tropic stars are cloudless, but their light", Alec Choate , 1976 single work poetry war literature
— Appears in: Patterns , Spring vol. 3 no. 1 1976; (p. 10-11) Gifts Upon the Water 1978; (p. 52-53) Wide Domain : Western Australian Themes and Images 1979; (p. 107-108) The Wheels of Hama : Collected War Poems 1997; (p. 113) Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 230-231)
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