21 July 2004

The Newcastle Poetry Prize has acquired a new lease of life

Maybe you already knew this, I did not:
"Following discussions between the Hunter Writers Centre, Newcastle City Council and University of Newcastle, the Newcastle Poetry Prize has acquired a new lease of life ..." (more below).
From the University of Newcastle media release:
The Newcastle Poetry Prize (formerly known as the Mattara Prize, 1981–1991) is considered a major event on the Australian literary calendar. Previous winners and commended entries have included work from nationally and internationally recognised names such as Peter Porter, Brook Emery, Anthony Lawrence and Robert Adamson ...
The 2004 competition will have three sections
-- the Newcastle Poetry Prize ($8,000),
--the Newcastle Poetry Prize New Media Award ($2000) and
--the Newcastle Poetry Prize Local Poets Award ($500).
The judges for the 2004 competition are John Bennett, Judy Johnson and Lizz Murphy.
Closing date for entries is 29th October 2004.
Conditions of entry and entry forms are available at the Hunter Writer’s Center, http://www.hwc.mockfrog.com.au/, or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to The Hunter Writer’s Centre, PO Box 71 Hamilton 2303.
For more information and interviews contact Newcastle City Council’s Sponsorship and Grants Officer Ruth Edwards on 02 4974 2836, Brian Joyce, Coordinator of the HWC on 02 4940 0003 or Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian English on 02 4921 5114.
"The University has promised $10,000 a year for the next three years towards the running of the prize. The Council has come forward with $5000 this year and possibly increases over the next 2 years. The HWC proposed a plan that will see further corporate sponsorship being include n the prize, a staged increase in the value of the Prize and partnerships with appropriate organisations and publications. "
(Source: Hunter Writers Centre newsletter, May 2004)

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