The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia's most prestigious prizes for a new poem. The Prize – open to all poets writing in English – is named after the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010). The Prize was first awarded in 2005 (Stephen Edgar) and was renamed in 2011, following Peter Porter's death. Past winners include Tracy Ryan, Judith Beveridge, and Anthony Lawrence. To date, Judith Bishop is the only poet to win the Prize twice.

This year the total prize money has been increased to AU$10,000. The overall winner will receive $6,000, and the four other shortlisted poets will each receive $1,000. 

The next Porter Prize will open in July 2021.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions page before contacting us with queries about the Porter Prize.

Click here for more information about past winners and to read their poems.

Click here for more information about the 2021 judges.

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We gratefully acknowledge the long-standing support of Morag Fraser AM and Andrew Taylor AM.