John Masefield Prize

This prize, worth approximately $110, is awarded for the best original poem in English of not more than 50 lines, on a subject prescribed by the Academic Board.

Application dates

Applications are currently closed

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $100

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be enrolled in study at any level at the University of Melbourne

    Selection criteria

    The winner of the prize will be determined by the Academic Board on the recommendation of a committee appointed by the School of Culture and Communications.

    Recipients are required to:

    • Accept award online within 21 days
    • Write a letter of appreciation to their donor/committee (upon acceptance) and send to
  • Application process

    Applicants should email their application to the Academic Secretary from their University student email address with the subject line 'John Masefield Prize' and include:

    • University-allocated student email address
    • Student number
    • Copy of their original poem in English, of not more than 50 lines, on the prescribed subject Transcendence

    Information missing from the application will render the applicant ineligible for the award.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    John Masefield

    John Masefield (1878-1967) was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 until his death in 1967. Poet, novelist, dramatist and journalist, John Masefield's literary career was rich and varied, and although his reputation waned in later years, he is recognised for his wide range, encompassing ballads, nature poetry and mythological narrative, and for his attempt to make poetry a popular art. This prize was first awarded in 1949.

What are the benefits?

In 2020 the value of the award was $100.


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