2015 Kate Challis RAKA Award now closed

The award recipient will be announced at the Faculty of Arts Literary Awards event at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday 22 August, 5.30pm at ACMI.

This award for Indigenous creative artists has been made available through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith, eminent art and cultural historian. The prize was established to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis, who was known in her youth as Ruth Adeney (RAKA is an acronym for the Ruth Adeney Koori Award).

Elizabeth Heathcote, Ivan Sen, Kate Challis, 2014In the Pintupi language RAKA means 'five' and in the Warlpiri RDAKA means 'hand', and both meanings are particularly apt for a prize to be awarded in a cycle of five years to individual artists - novelists, poets, musicians, painters and playwrights - whose 'hands' are the basic means of creativity.

The $20,000 award is offered annually, the 2015 award will be offered to the best book of poems already published and written in English.

For more information please visit the Faculty of Arts Kate Challis RAKA Award web page.