The BLAK INK POETRY COMPETITION

THEME: ‘Healing Country’

OPEN: Sunday 19th September 2021

CLOSES: Friday 22nd October at midnight AEST

PRIZE POOL: $500

AWARDS Presentation: 2–4pm, 4th December at Perth Poetry Club (Moon Cafe, William St., Perth)

Introduction and Description of the Prize

Submissions are open for the Blak Ink Poetry Competition. The competition is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living anywhere in Australia who have not yet published a collection of poetry. This competition is kindly sponsored by Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) WA, in order to encourage First Nations poets and to honour the memory of notable writers David Starr, Aunty Josie Boyle and Jack Davis. There is a total prize pool of $500 to be split among the following categories.

Jack Davis Prize: First Prize: $200, Second Prize: $100. Open nationally to poets who have not yet published their first collection of poetry. Entrants may have published individual poems however all unpublished poets are encouraged to submit. Unpublished poets will automatically be considered for the Aunty Josie Boyle Prize or the David Starr Prize in accordance with eligibility. The theme for this category is ‘Healing Country’.

Aunty Josie Boyle Prize: $100. Open Australia wide to poets who have never published a poem in a magazine or on a website and who have never won a prize in any previous poetry competition. The theme for this category is open but may include ‘Healing Country’.

David Starr Prize: $100. Open to WA poets only, who have never published a poem in a magazine or on a website and who have never won a prize in any previous poetry competition. The theme for this category is open but may include ‘Healing Country’.

Terms and conditions:

1. This competition is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only.

2. Local, interstate, and regional and remote residents of Australia are encouraged to submit.

3. The poem must be the entrant’s original work, must be unpublished*, and not have won a prize in any other competition.

4. The poem must not exceed 20 lines in length. The line count excludes the title, section titles, and blank lines.

5. Entrants may submit more than one poem.

6. Entrants may submit poems in language (accompanied by an English translation of the poem).

7. Format entries in Times New Roman, 12-point type, and submit as a Word document attachment via email to wapoets@gmail.com. In the email subject line, please type BLAK INK COMP and your last name.

8. Place your name, Australian State you live in and contact number at the end of the poem. As poems are judged anonymously, your details will be removed from the Judge’s copy of the poem. Please indicate whether you have published a poem in a magazine or on a website previously or not.

9. Submission deadline: midnight 22nd October 2021 (AEST)

10. Cost to enter: FREE

11. Results will be announced at the AWARDS Presentation: 2–4pm, 4th December at Perth Poetry Club (Moon Cafe, 323 William St., Perth). All entrants are encouraged to attend for an opportunity to read their poem if they choose.

12. Interstate and remote regional residents may participate in this event on Zoom via a link from Perth Poetry Club

Contest General Conditions

  • *unpublished refers to poems that have NOT appeared in print or online as part of an electronic journal or poetry blog that specialises in publishing other people’s poetry. Poems that appear on your blog or social media pages are considered to be unpublished.
  • An independent judge will be responsible for judging entries. All entries will be judged anonymously. The name of the judge will not be revealed to entrants until after judging is complete. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entrants must not infringe on existing copyright.
  • In submitting an entry the contestant agrees that WAPI is not responsible for any infringement on copyright that may occur and indemnifies WAPI against any legal action that may arise because of such breach.
  • Each entrant can win one prize only.
  • Entrants will be notified of the prize winners by email.
  • WAPI accepts no responsibility for entries that are late, lost or misdirected, nor is WAPI responsible in any way for entries that are stolen or misappropriated.
  • All prize winners agree to have their winning entry posted online on the WA Poets Inc website.

The Blak Ink Poetry Competition is supported by ANTaR WA