Following much anguish (and a delay for which we thank everyone for their patience), we are very pleased to announce that the winner of the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for 2015 is Carmen Leigh Keates.
We were impressed with the imaginative explorations of Carmen’s poems set in northern Europe – poems in which ancient ruins and contemporary museum alike are part of a disturbing yet subtly lyrical personal archaeology of place and space. Congratulations Carmen!
A collection of Carmen’s poems will be published by Whitmore Press in the second half of 2016.
We again thank all who submitted to this year’s prize, and in particular congratulate those who reached the shortlist and made our final decision an engrossingly difficult one.
After much deliberation, here, in alphabetical order, are the shortlisted poets in this year’s Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize:
Rachael Wenona Guy
Carmen Leigh Keates
Juliana Qian (Lia Incognita)
As ever, our thanks to all who entered. Many other good works from good poets didn’t make the list, but we hope they make someone else’s list in the very near future.
We also know that, due to various work commitments, we took longer than usual this year to reach this point, so we thank everyone very much for their forbearance. We’ll try to reach the point of announcing a winner much more quickly.
Thanks to everyone who, in 2015, entered our annual manuscript prize. As in previous years, we received over 100 entries (104, to be exact) from all around Australia.
We’ll announce the shortlist for the prize within the next week, and the winner by the end of the month.
Whitmore Press is thrilled to announce that Jill Jones’s latest poetry collection, Breaking the Days, will be launched in Melbourne by Alison Croggon. The details:
The Alderman, upstairs
134 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Saturday 21 November, 2.30–4.30pm
Launch by Alison Croggon – renowned poet, critic, playwright, novelist, librettist
Jill was the co-winner, with Tracy Ryan, of the 2014 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. Among many other awards, earlier this year Jill won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2015 for poetry.
We hope you can make on the 21st. Everyone welcome.
We’re giving late entrants an extra week to enter the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2015. The deadline is now 22 September – entries postmarked up to and including that date will be accepted. All other guidelines and conditions accompanying the entry form apply.
Looking forward to seeing, and reading, your entries!
A reminder: entries for the 2015 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize close next Tuesday, 15 September.
If you haven’t done so already, download the guidelines and entry form from the manuscript prize page, and get your entry in the mail to us by next Tuesday. Remember, you can now pay for your entry online.
And … yes, we’ll accept late entries provided that they are postmarked on or before 15 September. And yes, we accept multiple submissions, provided each submission is accompanied by a separate entry form and fee.
Many thanks to all who have submitted so far. We’re looking forward to an avalanche in the next seven days!
Whitmore Press is delighted to announce that Tracy Ryan’s latest poetry collection, Hoard, will be launched in Melbourne by Marion May Campbell. The details:
Collected Works bookshop
First Floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Monday 31 August, 6pm for 6.30 start
Launch by Associate Professor Marion May Campbell – poet, novelist, academic and brilliant raconteur
Tracy was the co-winner of the 2014 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. We hope you can make it. Everyone welcome.
Can’t make the launch? Order an advance copy of Tracy’s collection, and we’ll post you the book the moment it arrives from the printer. Free postage!