The Blake Poetry Prize challenges Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.
From 2017, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, in collaboration with WestWords, has delivered The Blake Poetry Prize as a biennial event.
The Blake Prize is an open poetry prize that challenges poets, both national and international, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion and/or belief.
The Blake Poetry Prize is an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality with the visionary imagining of contemporary poets. The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, a poet and artist of undoubted genius, who integrated religious and artistic content in his work. The Blake Poetry Prize challenges contemporary poets of disparate styles to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.
The Blake Poetry Prize is strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but all poems entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity and demonstrate high degrees of artistic and conceptual proficiency.
The Blake Poetry Prize | $5,000 | Non-Acquisitive
Entries open: 11 August 2023
Entries close: 18 December 2023
Shortlist announcement: 22 March 2024
Launch & Winners Announcement: 18 May 2024
Entry fee: $30
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This year’s judges are Simone King, Ellen van Neerven and Peter Ramm.
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