The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

20th Mar 2017
29th May 2017
Enrolment status
University Trust Record



This prize is awarded biennially and will next be open in May 2019, for an Irish poet to travel to Australia in 2020

Study Area

Creative Writing


The 2020 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize will be awarded to an Irish poet to travel to Australia in 2020.

This prize is proudly supported by The Australian Centre.

The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize was established to commemorate the life and work of the late Vincent Buckley; poet, critic and Professor of English at the University of Melbourne. It is a biennial award that is offered alternately to enable an Australian poet to visit Ireland and to facilitate the visit of an Irish poet to Melbourne. The Prize, which has been made available through generous donations from family and friends of Vincent Buckley, provides the recipient with a return airfare, and a contribution towards living expenses.

Further information including past winners and judges report can be found on The Australian Centre Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize web page.


Approximately $12,000


To be eligible for award of the prize the poet must:

  • present a group or volume or volumes or oeuvre of poems written in English by themselves
  • have been published for commercial distribution
  • be an Irish citizen


Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 14 days
  • The value of the prize is inclusive of airfares and living expenses
  • Write two letters of appreciation to the donor/committee (upon acceptance and after completion)
  • Attend the award announcement at the Australian Centre, Faculty of Arts Literary Awards at Melbourne Writers Festival
  • Submit a final report
  • Unsuccessful entrants will be notified after the awards event
  • The decision of the Judging Committee is final


The award winner will be announced at the Australian Centre, Faculty of Arts Literary Awards at Melbourne Writers Festival

Application process

You must submit your application online and upload the following documents to support your application:

  1. 200 word outline of activities to be undertaken in Ireland
  2. Group or volume/s of recent poems for consideration by the judges
  3. List of publications (one page)
  4. Brief curriculum vitae (up to four pages)
  5. Copy of proof of Irish citizenship (Passport, Birth Certificate, Citizenship Certificate) - does not need to be original

Entries must be received by midnight on the closing date.

Please note: Application material will not be returned.

If you want to hand deliver your poems, please contact to organise this.