Empathy the key to winning poetry prize

The 2018 prize entrants will focus on empathy (Bigstock)

Budding poets are invited to ponder the theme of empathy for the 2018 Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry.

This annual poetry competition, now worth $18,000, aims to support writers and continue the tradition of the Church as a key patron of the arts.

Australian poet, distinguished academic and critic Chris Wallace-Crabbe will judge the prize. Professor Wallace-Crabbe is one of a well-known figure in Australia’s literary community and enjoys a wider reputation in the international world of letters.

ACU Vice President Fr Anthony Casamento CSMA said poetry continued to be a valuable art form.

“Poetry has previously been seen as the poor cousin in the literary world, but it holds such power to put expressions of great emotion into print and to share those feelings with others,” Fr Casamento said.

“The University wants to provide a voice to those who can capture the art of poetry and to nurture those who tell stories through their poems.”

Entries for the competition opened on Monday and will close on July 20.

The prize is made possible through the sponsorship of the Office of the Vice President of ACU, with a prize of $10,000 for the winner, $5000 for the second prize and $3000 for the third prize.

The winning and shortlisted poems will be published in a chapbook which will be launched during the announcement of shortlisted, commended and winning poems on Thursday, September 6, in Melbourne.

Following the growing popularity of the contest, online submission of entries has been introduced this year in addition to submission by post.

Australian residents, including any international student currently studying at an Australian university, are eligible to enter as long as their poem has not previously been published or won any other literary prize.

Details: visit ACU Prize for Poetry

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