Axel Clark Poetry Prize

The Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry

The inaugural Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry will be awarded in 2015 by Manning Clark House to an Australian poet writing in any style. Submissions must be the entrant’s own work, must be unpublished and must have been completed no earlier than 12 months before the closing date.

Prize: The winning entrant will receive a one month writing residency and reading at Manning Clark House in Canberra and AUD$1000. Highly commended poets will be offered public readings in the annual MCH poetry series.

Judges: In 2015 the judges are Kathy Kituai, Geoff Page and Alan Gould

Submissions: We are looking for original and engaging poetry, across all genres and styles. Submissions should include 1 to 5 formatted and unpublished poems (one entry per person) and should be anonymous. Submissions should not exceed 100 lines in total. Pages must be numbered and must not include the author’s name or any identifying mark. Please email your submission as an attachment, in pdf format to with “Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry” as the subject. In the body of your email please provide your name, address and a short biographical statement. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.

Eligibility: Entries for the Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry are invited from Australian poets without age restriction. Employees or Committee Members of Manning Clark House or direct descendents of Manning Clark may not apply. Writers submitting to this competition agree to allow Manning Clark House the first publication of all winning and shortlisted poems.

Deadline: Thursday May 14, 2015

Entry Fee: AUD$35.00

Payment details must be included with all submissions. Entry fees can be paid by the following methods:

By mail: Cheque or money order payable to ‘Manning Clark House Inc.’ or, for credit card payment, please print and complete the following form.

Visa [  ] Mastercard [  ]

Card number:                                  Expiry date:  

Cardholder’s name:

Signature                                         Date:    

By Direct Debit: Manning Clark House Inc, Westpac Bank, BSB 032-729 Account 167805 (please include ACMPP & your name in the description).

3 thoughts on “Axel Clark Poetry Prize

  1. Just inquiring about the Axel Clark poetry prize. When are the public notified of the winner?…..are all entrants notified of the winner? via email?…


    1. Hi Paula

      the entrants will be notified by the end of June of the winner.


  2. Just wondering of a decision has been made re poetry prize for 2015?
    Paula Ross


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