Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2014 – now open!

The Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2014 is now open for submissions.

The prize, for publication of a fine, limited edition poetry chapbook of work by the winning entrant, is open to all Australian poets – new, emerging and established.

Previous winners of the manuscript prize are Jamie King-Holden (2010), B.R. Dionysius and Jo Langdon (2011), Lucy Todd (2012), and Andy Jackson (2013). Andy Jackson’s The Thin Bridge will be published in September 2014.

There are no restrictions in terms of subject matter or form. Entrants are encouraged to read the collections of previous winners to get an idea of the kinds of work that have achieved success to date.

Order a collection by a previous winner – in some cases, we have just a few copies left.

The deadline is 29 August. Early submissions are encouraged.

Click here for guidelines and entry form.

We look forward to reading your entry!

World Poetry Day reading

On 21 March 2014, World Poetry Day, the Geelong Regional Library Corporation hosted a reading by poets from the Geelong region who were represented in Black Inc.’s Best Australian Poems 2013 – the fourth year the library has run such an event on World Poetry Day. The reading at the Waurn Ponds library was MC’d by Whitmore Press publisher Anthony Lynch, and poets from the press were strongly represented.

Photo: Reg Ryan

Photo: Reg Ryan


From left to right: Anthony Lynch, Maria Takolander, Jo Langdon, David McCooey, Brendan Ryan, Amanda Frances Johnson, Diane Fahey and Cameron Lowe.

Andy Jackson wins Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2013

We’re delighted to announce that Andy Jackson has taken out the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for 2013.

Andy’s poems, filled with pathos in their exploration of identity and their startling images of human and animal bodies, will make for an enthralling collection – one that will be published by Whitmore Press in 2014.

Our thanks again to all who entered – we’re sure we’ll see many other excellent submissions find their way into print or onto screen in the near future.

Launch speech and review for Lucy Todd collection

Lucy Todd’s Listening to the Mopokes Go was launched to a packed audience at The Alderman in Brunswick East in August. Cassandra Atherton, who launched Lucy’s collection with her customary eloquence and pizzazz, has kindly provided her launch speech for the Whitmore Press website. You can read Cassandra’s launch here.

Amy Brown recently wrote a brilliant review of Lucy’s book for Cordite. You can read the review at: http://cordite.org.au/reviews/brown-todd/.

And if after reading the above you’d like a copy of Listening to the Mopokes Go, you can get one by clicking here.

Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2013 – shortlist

After much deliberation, we have shortlisted (in alphabetical order) the following poets in the 2013 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize:

Ashley Capes
Broede Carmody
Dan Disney
Andy Jackson
Julie Maclean
Laura Jean McKay
Carol Millner
Nathan Shepherdson
Ruby Todd
Isi Unikowski

Almost 100 entries were received, many of a very high standard. A number of entries included excellent individual poems, and we wish we could publish an anthology of these works. Our thanks to everyone who submitted.

The winner, whose work will be published in a limited edition chapbook in 2014, will be announced later this month.

B.R. Dionysius at the Queensland Poetry Festival

B.R. (Brett) Dionysius, co-winner of the 2011 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize and whose subsequent collection Bowra was published in April this year, will be reading from his work as part of a Queensland Poetry Festival session in Brisbane this weekend. Brett, who some years back was founding director of the festival, will be presenting alongside Anthony Lawrence and Jane Williams.


‘Towards Profundity’
Saturday 24th August, 1.30–2.30 pm
MC: Eleanor Jackson
Theatre Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley

Further information: http://www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com