AustLit logo
The Noel Rowe Poetry Award
Subcategory of Awards Australian Awards
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Inaugurated in 2015, the Noel Rowe Poetry Award is an award in memory of Australian poet and academic Noel Rowe, in celebration of his commitment to and support of Australian poetry. A biennial award, it is for the publication of a first manuscript by an emerging poet of any age.

Source: The Noel Rowe Poetry Award ( (Sighted: 20/10/2015)

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2017-2018

winner y separately published work icon Carte Blanche Thom Sullivan , Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2019 14815995 2019 selected work poetry

'Thom Sullivan’s debut collection of poems, Carte Blanche, traverses the exactitudes of place and time – from a distinctively Australian suburbia, to farming landscapes in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges, to Australia’s renowned Great Ocean Road, and the interior terrains of consciousness and perception. The poems are memorable, succinct in their expression, precise in their effect, and notable for their innovative use of syntax and punctuation. Carte Blanche is a collection of poems that’s finely realised and keenly felt.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

for unpublished manuscript 'Carte Blanche'.

Year: 2015

inaugural winner y separately published work icon Knocks Emily Stewart , Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2016 9539400 2016 selected work poetry

'Knocks is the debut collection from one of the most exacting writers of Australian poetry’s new wave. Stewart’s poetry consistently surprises in its formal range, encompassing sonnets, erasures and found poetry, and striking at the level of the image –“the computer ecstasy of first-person”. The collection conveys the sense of an extended, “stretched” present, politically shadowed, where “it is commendable / to sign up each day, but better / to maintain a patina of disobedient / actions, shoplifting or whatever”.' (Source: Publisher's website)

Manuscript title: Up High