2019 Porter Prize Terms & Conditions

Who can enter?

1.      Entries are welcome from poets anywhere in the world.
There is no age limit.
ABR staff, board members, and editorial advisers are not eligible. ABR contributors and volunteers may enter.

What does it cost to enter a poem?

4.      Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of AU$25, or AU$15 for current ABR subscribers. To qualify for the lower entry fee, entrants must hold a current one-year subscription to our print edition or ABR Online. Full time students are also eligible to enter at the lower rate but must provide their student number and the name of the institution in which they are enrolled at the time of entry.
If you don’t already subscribe to ABR Online, you can purchase a one-year subscription and enter a single poem for a total of AU$65. You can then enter subsequent poems at the discounted rate of $15 each.
6.     If you don’t already subscribe to ABR’s print edition, you can purchase a one-year subscription and enter a single poem for the following rates: $100 (Australia), $150 (New Zealand/Asia), or $170 (ROW).
7.     If you choose not to subscribe to ABR (print or online) when you enter the Prize and you are not already an ABR subscriber, you will receive access to ABR Online free of charge for four months. You will be contacted when your complimentary ABR Online subscription has been activated.

How to enter

8.      Entries must be submitted online via the ABR website.
9.      Entries should be either PDFs or Word documents. The text should be presented with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages should be numbered. Stanza breaks must be clearly indicated.
10.    The author’s name must not appear in the document or in the name of the digital file.
11.    The file name should only include the title of the poem.
12.     Entrants will receive automatic confirmation of receipt.

Terms and conditions

13.  Entries must be a single poem of no more than 75 lines, written in English.
Multiple entries are permitted.
Entries must be original works written by an individual author.
Entries must not infringe upon anyone’s copyright.
Poems that are deemed to be works of plagiarism will be disqualified.
Entries should not be on offer to other publications or prizes or anthologies for the entire duration of the Porter Prize.
Previously published, shortlisted, prize-winning or broadcast poems will not be accepted. (Previous online appearances constitute prior publication.) Entries will be deemed ineligible if they are under contract to another publisher or broadcaster. Poems will be removed from longlists or shortlists if we discover they have been placed or published elsewhere.
Poems entered in past Porter Prizes but not shortlisted may be re-entered.
Translations are not eligible.
The closing date for entries is midnight, 3 December 2018.
If entrants subsequently withdraw their entries, the entry fee will not be refunded.
Shortlisted poets may be required to take part in events and media activities.
The prize money also covers publication in ABR Online and the print edition.
Copyright in the poem(s) remains with the poet.


27.  The winner will receive AU$5,000, and Arthur Boyd’s 'The lady and the unicorn', 1975, etching and aquatint, from the publication of the same name which Arthur Boyd produced with Peter Porter. This print is donated by Ivan Durrant in honour of Georges Mora
28. A runner-up will receive AU$2,000
29.  The other three shortlisted poets will each receive AU$500.


30.  Judging is completely anonymous.
The entrant’s name must not appear in the Word file/PDF only the file’s title.
The judges are Judith Bishop, John Hawke, and Paul Kane.
ABR reserves the right not to award a prize.
A shortlist comprising a maximum of fivepoems will be announced and those poems will appear in the March 2019 issue of ABR. The winner will be announced later that month at a ceremony to which all entrants will be invited.
The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process.

To be eligible, entrants must tick the declaration box on the online entry page.


I hereby declare that the poem entered in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize is my own work, has not been previously published or awarded, is not currently on offer to another publication or prize, and will not be so offered for the duration of this competition. I have read all the terms and conditions and agree to abide by them.