“To create works of art that bring us, in the language of beauty, a sign, a spark of hope and trust where people seem to give in to indifference and ugliness.”
Pope Francis, December 2016
Inspired by the Catholic Church’s longstanding tradition as a patron of the arts, the ACU Prize for Poetry has become one of Australia’s most prized poetry awards since its inception in 2013.
The prize has as its aim the simple goal of supporting the emergence of new and dynamic Australian poets and poetry.
An initiative of our university’s Office of the Vice President, the ACU Prize for Poetry receives hundreds of entries each year from across Australia.
The theme for the 2022 ACU Prize for Poetry is ‘Hope’
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
– Alfred Lord Tennyson
” Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”
— Emily Dickinson
First prize: $10,000
Second prize: $5,000
Third prize: $3,000
The prize is made possible through the sponsorship of the Office of the Vice President at ACU
Entries open: Monday 4 April 2022
Entries close: Monday 4 July 2022
For more information visit Australian Catholic University