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Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize (Expired)

Time has given again / a hundredfold…’

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Tasmanian poet Gwen Harwood’s birth. Island magazine is celebrating this anniversary with a special version of the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, proudly supported by the Cultural Fund and The Hobart Bookshop.

In her poem ‘An Impromptu for Ann Jennings’, Gwen Harwood writes, ‘Time has given again / a hundredfold’. For this celebratory year we seek poems of between forty and one-hundred lines. 

The Prize will be judged by Island magazine’s poetry editor Lisa Gorton with Lachlan Brown and Bella Li (bios below).


The winning poet will receive $2000.

Two runners-up will each receive $500.

These poems will be published in Island issue 161 in March 2021. The three poets will also receive a four-issue subscription to Island*

The prize will culminate in a public event on Saturday 13 March 2021 at which the winners and runners up will be expected to read and/or discuss their work. This may be in person, virtually or pre-recorded.


Entry is open to Australian citizens and residents only.

No age limit applies.

Current Island magazine staff, interns and board members are not eligible.


Entries are now open and close at midnight on 22 November 2020.

Poems are to be at least forty lines and up to a hundred lines in length and can be in any form.

Entry fee of $16.50 per poem applies. You can enter as many times as you wish but each poem must be entered separately.

All entries are via Submittable and your poem must be attached as a text document (acceptable file types: doc, docx, txt, rtf).

Entries will be judged ‘blind’, therefore please do not include your name on your poem.

Poems previously published are not eligible.

Judges’ decision is final, and no individual feedback will be provided.

Writers must guarantee that their work is original, does not plagiarise or infringe the copyright of any other party, and does not breach any other law or ethical principle of publication (e.g. defamation, libel, obscenity).

Copyright remains with the authors; however, writers must give Island exclusive publication rights for the work for three months from publication. Any further reproduction must publicly acknowledge Island as the original publisher.

The three winners agree to participate in any reasonable media events relating to their work, including radio and television interviews and online discussions.

 *Subscription can start with either issue 160 (current issue) or 161 (due to be published in March 2021). If you are a current subscriber this can either be added to your existing subscription, or you may gift the subscription.


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