Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers (Expired)

Open now. Closes 16 February 2020.

Sponsored by Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and supporters, this prize, now in its fifth year, recognises the talent of young First Nations writers across Australia. In 2020, the prize will be awarded to the best poem (up to 80 lines in length) by an Indigenous writer who is 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition.

The prize

First place is a $5000 prize, publication in Overland’s print magazine, and a writing residency of up to three months at Trinity College, the oldest student residence at the University of Melbourne. Two runner-up prizes may also be awarded.

The residency

The residency includes accommodation in a small flat near the campus and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) can be eaten in Trinity’s dining hall. The flat is suitable for a single person or couple (children may be able to be accommodated, also). There will be opportunities to engage in campus and college life, to give workshops or talks, and the potential to receive writing mentorship (per negotiation with Trinity College and Overland).

About Trinity College

Trinity College is the oldest residential college at the University of Melbourne. It is home to over 300 residential students, including a number of Indigenous students. Trinity’s Indigenous programs have been developing since Sana Nakata and Lilly Brophy became the first Indigenous students to attend the College.

Note: There will be an award ceremony at Trinity College in Melbourne in April. Travel and one-night accommodation will be awarded to all three prizewinners to attend the ceremony.

Previous winners

Read the previous winners: Jessica Hart (poetry); Marika Duczynski (fiction); Ellen van Neerven (poetry); Evelyn Araluen (fiction); Raelee Lancaster (poetry); Allanah Hunt (fiction). 


The 2020 judges are Yvette Holt, Evelyn Araluen and Gayle Allan (Trinity College). 

Entry conditions

  • The prize is open to Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition.
  • In 2020, the prize will be awarded to the best poem (up to 80 lines in length).
  • The work must be unpublished at the time of entry.
  • The position of Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College is not compulsory and more details will be provided upon presentation of the prize.
  • Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
  • Submission of work will be processed electronically and judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the submitted document.
  • The prize will be awarded at the judges’ discretion and they reserve the right to not select a winner.
  • Second and third place prizes may be awarded at the judges’ discretion.


Friday 31 January, 2020
Sunday 16 February, 2020
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