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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2020

winner y separately published work icon Acting Like a Girl Sandra Renew , Canberra : Recent Work Press , 2019 15514477 2019 selected work poetry 'Sandra Renew's new poems interrogate the choices made in living and performing gender, sexuality and desire--of struggling to be queer in an Australia of Holden utes and rotting mangoes, XXXX stubbies and Bundy rum, boudoir drawers and country roads, toad princes and wanting to be Wesley Hall. It is a book of not wanting to conform, charting the myriad pressures society places on conformity as a mode of survival. It is a brave, and sometimes funny book, filled with wry and deeply felt images and observations.' 

 (Publication summary)

Year: 2019

winner y separately published work icon Things I've Thought to Tell You Since I Saw You Last Penelope Layland , Kambah : Recent Work Press , 2018 14590835 2018 selected work poetry

'This new volume from Penelope Layland absorbingly quizzes memory, while questioning our apprehension of time and the importance of deep human connections. These poems explore mourning and loss in a way that is salutary, affirmative, meditative and uplifting, subtly refracting our common understandings and our claims on knowledge. In these works the ghosted quotidian, like a long filigree of light, reaches out to remind us of what we value and care for.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2017

winner y separately published work icon The Last Day Before Snow : An Invitation to Travel Carmel Summers (editor), Canberra : Malicorne Publications , 2016 12330763 2016 anthology poetry

Year: 2014

winner y separately published work icon The Petrov Poems Lesley Lebkowicz , Sydney : Pitt Street Poetry , 2013 6152815 2013 novel

'This gripping new verse novel charts the course of the espionage scandal which rocked sleepy Canberra and the nation in the mid 1950s.

'In April 1954 Australia woke up to discover that Volodya Petrov,an attaché in the Russian embassy in Canberra, was also a colonel in the KGB and was planning to defect. The Petrov Poems charts the unfolding web of intrigue between Petrov, the embassy staff, and his contacts in the West. And the crucial role of his wife Dusya, thrust into a terrible crisis of conscience as the result of her husband’s actions and her past personal history.' (Publisher's blurb)

Year: 2012

winner y separately published work icon Indigo Book of Australian Prose Poems Michael Byrne (editor), Port Adelaide : Ginninderra Press , 2011 Z1731936 2011 anthology poetry