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If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to enter the Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

About subscribing to Overland
Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. Moreover, Overland subscribers can enter our competitions at a special subscriber rate. If you’d like to take out a year’s subscription and enter the competition for just $56, visit the Overland shop

The prize
Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks outstanding poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world.
In 2021, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland’s autumn print magazine in 2022.

The deadline for this competition is 11.59 pm, Monday 20 December 2021. Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting.
You may also be interested to read last year’s judging notes and winning poems.
**Please ensure you are satisfied with your story before submitting. Stories that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.** 


Keri Glastonbury is an Associate Professor in English and Writing at The University of Newcastle and the author of Newcastle Sonnets (Giramondo, 2018) which was shortlisted in the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Toby Fitch is Overland’s poetry editor and the poet behind RawshockBloomin’ NotionsWhere Only the Sky had Hung Before and Sydney Spleen. He has new essays and poems out in Meanjin, Minarets, Red Room, Cordite and The Australian. He lives on unceded Gadigal land.

Grace Yee is a Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria (2019-21) where she is working on a collection of poems inspired by the stories of early settler Chinese and their descendants in Victoria. Her poems have most recently appeared in Overland, Rabbit, Westerly, and A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa NZ (Auckland University Press). In 2020, Grace received the Peter Steele Poetry Award, and the Patricia Hackett Prize.

Entry conditions

  1. The award is open to poets who have had no more than one solo collection of their work commercially published: that is, by a publishing house with commercial distribution.
  2. The prize is open to Australian and international writers.
  3. Poems must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers, including Overland.
  4. Poems that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  5. The winning poems will be published in Overland.
  6. All submitted poems may also be considered for publication in Overland.
  7. Entries must be submitted electronically via the Overland submittable system.
  8. The name of the poet must not appear on the manuscript (including the header or footer) since all poems will be considered anonymously.
  9. Poems must be no more than 80 lines.
  10. Multiple entries are permitted, though a separate fee applies to each poem.
  11. An entry fee of $12 for Overland subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers will be charged. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
  12. Please ensure you are satisfied with your poem before submitting. Poems that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.
  13. The competition now closes 11.59pm,  Monday 20 December 2021.
  14. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
  16. Winners will be announced in February 2022. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.


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