Jill Jones and Tracy Ryan win manuscript prize

We are delighted to announce Jill Jones and Tracy Ryan as joint winners of the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for 2014.

Of the five years we have run the prize, this year was the most challenging in determining a winner. We received a very large number of entries, including submissions from many highly regarded poets as well as from newer poets already writing strong work. This made the decision difficult – though this was a nice difficulty to have.

After taking extra time to decide a winner, we still couldn’t separate two extremely fine entries. So, we didn’t.

We’re very much looking forward to publishing collections by Jill (from South Australia) and Tracy (Western Australia) in 2015.

This is the second time we have had joint winners for the manuscript prize. The first was in 2011, when B.R. Dionysius and Jo Langdon took the gong.

Our warm thanks again to all who submitted to this year’s prize, and congratulations to those who reached the shortlist and made our judging such a difficult pleasure.

Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2014 – shortlist

Warm thanks to all who entered our manuscript prize for 2014.

After much reading and discussion, we have shortlisted (in alphabetical order) the following poets:

Bonny Cassidy
Dan Disney
Alison Flett
Molly Guy
Jill Jones
Carmen Leigh Keates
Vanessa Page and John Koenig (joint submission)
Anupama Pilbrow
Tracy Ryan
Alison Strumberger

In 2014 we received the highest number of entries in the five years we have run the prize. Aside from the shortlisted poets, many others submitted entries of a high standard. Some included particularly fine individual poems that we would love to have published, but which we feel sure will find publication elsewhere in the near future.

The winner, whose work will be published by Whitmore Press in 2015, will be announced by the end of this month.

Andy Jackson’s book launched

Andy Jackson’s the thin bridge was launched with eloquence, wit and insight by Kevin Brophy at Melbourne’s iconic Collected Works bookshop on
5 September 2014. Andy, who in 2013 won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize, read a number of poems from his collection.

We had a tremendous turnout. A warm thank you to all who came, and to Kris and Retta for hosting at their wonderful bookshop.

If you couldn’t make the launch, you can order a copy of Andy’s book, signed and numbered, from the titles page.

Professor Kevin Brophy launching Andy Jackson's book. Photo: Di Cousens

Professor Kevin Brophy launching Andy Jackson’s book. Photo: Di Cousens

More photos from the night can be found on our launches page.

WP Manuscript Prize entries

Many thanks to all who submitted to this year’s Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. We received 129 entries from all around Australia – our largest number of submissions yet.

A shortlist of ten poets will be listed on this website in mid-November, with the winner announced by the end of November.
WP MS prize entries

Reminders: Manuscript prize, and Andy Jackson book launch

Three days. That’s how long poets have left to send their entries into the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for 2014.

We accept entries postmarked up to and including the deadline of Friday 29 August. We’ve already received a huge number of submissions this year, and look forward to being flooded in the final days.

Click here for guidelines and entry form.

And a reminder that the launch of the thin bridge, written by last year’s prize winner, Andy Jackson, is just a week later:

Collected Works bookshop
First Floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Friday 5 September, 6pm for 6.30 start

Renowned poet and professor in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, Kevin Brophy, will do the launch honours. If you’re in Melbourne, we hope to see you there!

 

 

Whitmore titles on sale

We’ve reduced prices on all of our back catalogue. We’ve books by some of the finest new, and established, poets currently writing in Australia. And to make ordering easier, we’ve entered the 21st century and you can now quickly order and pay online.

What’s more, postage in Australia is FREE.

Treat yourself to some of the best. Head to our titles page, click the ‘Add to Cart’ buttons and fill the shopping trolley!

Launch of new Andy Jackson collection – Melbourne 5 September

Whitmore Press is thrilled to announce that Andy Jackson’s latest poetry collection, the thin bridge, will be launched in Melbourne by Kevin Brophy. The details:

Collected Works bookshop
First Floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Friday 5 September, 6pm for 6.30 start
Launch by Professor Kevin Brophy – poet, author and academic

Andy Jackson cover high res

Andy was the winner of the 2013 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. We hope you can make it. All welcome!

Can’t make the launch? Order a copy of Andy’s collection – a signed and numbered limited edition chapbook with flyleaf, superbly printed on watermarked paper, just 200 copies.

Preview Image