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The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

Entries for the 2020 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize are now closed. Thank you to all poets for entering, winners to be announced in August.
24 FEB - 05 JUN 2020

As an Australian poet, your contribution shapes our culture. None believed this more so than Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary poets. Professor Dawe believed that universities should support the study of literature and promote the Arts in Australian society. His decision to sponsor this prominent Literary Prize is ongoing, living proof of his conviction.

Entries are now open. Read the how to enter information below and the terms and conditions before entering to ensure you meet entry requirements. Competition closes on Friday 5 June 2020 at 4.00pm.


The 2020 winner of The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize will receive $3000, and two highly commended entrants will be awarded $500 each.

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