2020 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is now closed.

Entries are now closed for the 2020 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. We look forward to publishing the five shortlisted poems in our January-February 2020 issue. The Porter Prize, which is worth a total of AU$9,000, was open until midnight, 1 October 2019.

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 honoured contributor to ABR for many years. All poets writing in English are eligible to enter.


First Prize: AU$7,000

Four other shortlisted poets: AU$500 each

Judges: John Hawke, Bronwyn Lea, and Philip Mead

Entries close: midnight, 1 October 2019


Application Guidelines

Entries must be an original single-authored poem of not more than 70 lines written in English. Poems must not have been previously published. The five shortlisted poems will be published in the January–February 2020 issue and the winner will be announced at a ceremony later that month.

Before entering the Porter Prize, all poets must read the Terms and Conditions. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us with queries about the Porter Prize.



Entries may be offered elsewhere during the judging of the Porter Prize. If an entrant is longlisted and has their poem offered elsewhere, the entrant will have 24 hours to decide if they would like to withdraw their poem on offer elsewhere or from the Porter Prize. Exclusivity is essential for longlisted poems. 


Past winners of the Porter Prize

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


Entry fees

Online entry (current ABR subscriber) - $15
Online entry (full-time student) - $15
Online entry (standard/non subscriber) - $25*

  • Non-subscribers will receive digital access to ABR free of charge for four months. Eligible entrants will be contacted when this complimentary subscription has been activated.


Special online entry + subscription bundles

Subsequent entries may be submitted at the subscriber rate

Online entry + digital subscription - $65
Online entry + Print subscription (Australia) - $100
Online entry + Print subscription (NZ and Asia) - $165
Online entry + Print subscription (Rest of World) - $185


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


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