Porter Prize

2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

30 July 2018

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the fifteenth Peter Porter Poetry Prize. The Porter Prize, which is worth a total of AU$8,500, is open until 3 December 2018.

The Porter Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry. It honours the life and work of the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010), an hono ... More

2014 Peter Porter Poetry Prize Winner

29 July 2014

 Australian Book Review is delighted to announce that Jessica L. Wilkinson has won the 2014 ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize for her poem ‘Arrival Platform Humlet’. Jessica receives $4,000 for her winning poem, which was drawn from a field of just under 700 entries. The judges were Lisa Gorton and Felicity Plunkett.

‘I am truly honoured that my po ... More

2014 Porter Prize Shortlist

Paul Kane et al.
27 April 2014

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize – now open to all poets writing in English – is one of our most prestigious prizes of its kind. Read this year’s four shortlisted poems.


Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2013 Shortlist

Nathan Curnow et al.
18 February 2013
Here you will find the five shortlisted contenders of the 2013 Peter Porter Poetry Prize: Nathan Curnow, A. Frances Johnson, Dan Disney, John A. Scott, and John Kinsella More

Announcing the Peter Porter Poetry Prize shortlist

02 March 2012

Each year we honour the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010) through our poetry competition – and in the process generate much new poetry. This year we received almost 800 poems in the highly alliterative Peter Porter Poetry Prize. This is almost twice the number we received last year – a measu ... More

Beautiful Mother

Michael Farrell
26 February 2012

You’ve always associated the two terms together
partly due to your reading of Schiller; partly due
to your watching of Kimba. Kimba sublimates
his mother in the water. You’ve always thought
your mother a baroque figure. You go into the
forest. You make something from a tree: a book
a club. Material comes from the mo ... More


Judith Bishop
12 April 2011
I could say hello to things.
Theodore Roethke

The hand’s wave,
when it comes –
formal, yet never once the same,
awkward sometimes,
sometimes half-
withheld –
from the sunlight of the brain
makes a shadow of intent.

Something alights
in the meadow of vision.
... More

Self-portrait at Sixty

Tony Lintermans
12 April 2011

What am I? A crushed hominid.
A can of couscous, seeding.
A shudder of my former self, a
self-defrosting fridge. Good
with dogs, at looking after dogs,
at looking dog-like.
Mosquito slapper, hopeless unwrapper
of shrink-wrapped cheese.

What am I here for? To look after
my fading father, to bury and speak
when the time comes for scatt ... More

2014 Porter Prize winner

Amy Baillieu
25 June 2013

 Jessica L. Wilkinson wins 2014 Porter Prize


 Wilkinson for webpageAustralian Book Review is delighted to announce that Jessica L. Wilkinson has won the 2014 ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize for her po ... More

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