Porter Prize Frequently Asked Questions

When does the 2017 Porter Prize close?

Entries closed on 1 December 2016.

I don’t live in Australia and I am not an Australian citizen. Can I still enter?
Yes, you can. Anyone can enter the Porter Prize. But all poems must be written in English.

I’m interested in the Porter Prize but don’t know much about it. How can I familiarise myself with the competition?
This is the thirteenth time that Australian Book Review has presented a poetry prize. Past issues containing the shortlisted and winning poems are available for subscribers to read online in our online archive or to purchase in hard-copy from our online store.

Click here for more information about past winners.

Can I enter multiple poems in one entry?
No. Separate entries must be made, and transactions paid, for each poem entered into the Porter Prize. This is to ensure that a record is kept of each poem entered, and also to ensure that payment is successfully made for each.

Is there a limit to the number of poems I can enter?
No, but as stated above, each poem must be entered and paid for separately, as individual entries.

I have written a poem with a friend, are we eligible to enter the Porter Prize?
No, poems entered into the Porter Prize must be written by one individual author.

Can I pay the discounted entry fee?
Current print subscribers and yearly online subscribers may pay the discounted entry fee of AU$15 per entry. Non-subscribers pay AU$20 per entry. If you would like to subscribe to Australian Book Review in print or ABR Online, click here. Alternatively you can purchase a subscription to ABR Online with your entry for the combined price of AU$55. We will then send you your login details by email and you will be entitled to enter any additional poems at the discounted rate.

Note: Print subscribers must provide their subscriber number to be eligible for the discounted rate (this can be found on the flysheet sent out with the magazine, or on renewal notices – alternatively, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will provide you with your subscriber number). Likewise, yearly subscribers to ABR Online must provide the email address with which they registered the online subscription.

Can I pay with PayPal?
At this time we are accepting credit card payments ONLY – Visa and MasterCard. We regret that we cannot accept AMEX at this time.

Will I receive confirmation of payment?
Yes, once you have submitted your online entry and payment form, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you supplied in the form. Keep a copy for your records. If you cannot find the confirmation email, be sure to check that it has not gone to your spam or junk folders.

I want to enter by mail, will I receive confirmation of receipt?
Yes, you will, but this will take longer. We will send a confirmation email within a month of receipt – as long as you provide us with a valid email address.

Who are the judges this year?
The 2017 judges are Ali Alizadeh, Jill Jones, and Felicity Plunkett.
Click here for more information about the judges.

Will you give me feedback about my poem?
Unfortunately, we don’t have the time or resources to comment on individual poems.

How should I format my poem?
Online entries should be presented with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages of poems should be numbered. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the name of the digital file.

Hard-copy entries should be typed and printed on one side of A4 white paper with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages of poems should be numbered. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. We will require one copy of each hard-copy entry.

How can I stay in touch with news about the Porter Prize?
If you have provided us with a current email address we will contact you with news about the Prize. Another way to stay up-to-date with news about the Prize and other ABR prizes and events is to sign up to our monthly e-News. You can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

My question isn't answered here, what should I do?
If you have a question about the Porter Prize that isn't answered here, or in the entry guidelines, please contact us via the comments facility below and we will respond when we can.

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