Wesley Michel Wright Prize
The prestigious Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry is open for award to an author or composer of original verse or poetry in the English Language and who is an Australian citizen.
Congratulations to the 2016 winner Linda Weste for Nothing Sacred: A Novel in Verse.
Read more about Faculty of Arts Literary Awards 2016.
Open for award to an author or composer of original verse or poetry in the English Language and who is an Australian citizen.
Poems are to be no less than 50 lines and a maximum of 500 lines. Poems must have been published within the last 12 months from the closing date and in book or journal form (hard or electronic).
- Works previously submitted as entries for the prize will not be accepted
- There will only be one winner. The prize will not be shared
- Applicants for this prize agree by submitting their work that their name, the name of their work and publishers details will be published on The University of Melbourne website and other University of Melbourne publications
- Your book or poem will not be returned after the judging
Recipients are required to:
- Accept the award online within 21 days
The winner will be publicly announced at the Faculty of Arts Literary Awards event at the Melbourne Writers Festival.
You must supply the following documents to support your application. You can upload these into the electronic application form:C
- Copy of proof of Australian citizenship (passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate, etc.) Have a photocopy of your Passport, Birth Certificate, or Citizenship Certificate certified then upload in the application form. The selection committee may request your original copy at a later date
- A poem or a collection of poems. Poems are to be no less than 50 lines and a maximum of 500 lines. Poems can be consecutive poems or poems selected from different sections of your book to make up the line requirement. Title and footnotes are not included in line count
- If work is published electronically you must show printed evidence of work published. You must provide the address of the website
- A current ISSN or ISBN number for their book or journal publication. This includes electronic publications
- If your entry is part of a hard copy book, please upload the extract you would like to submit for judging. Alternatively apply online and mail four hard copies of your book clearly highlighting the 50-500 lines your are submitting for judging. These books will not be returned.
Faculty of Arts Awards Team
Level 1, Arts West Building
External Relations Unit (Rooms 101-123)
The University of Melbourne 3010
The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.
The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.
Taxation on scholarships
Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).
To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.
For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.