Peter Steele Poetry Award

The Peter Steele Poetry Award is a writing-up award for students who have submitted a thesis within the past five years, with preference given to PhD students. The award is for students who have included a poetry collection or verse novel as part of their thesis and may be used to support activities related to the preparation of a manuscript for submission or publication.

Applications open

8 Jun 2020

Last day for applications learn more

27 Jul 2020

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 $4,000

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

One

  • Shari Kocher
    "Peter Steele’s legacy lives on. It is a privilege to be a part of this award, which honours Peter Steele’s abiding contribution to the vocation of poetry."
    - Shari Kocher
  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • have submitted a thesis at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts within the previous 5 years of the scholarship closing date
    • have included a poetry collection or verse novel as part of your thesis
    • use the funds to assist with the preparation of a manuscript for submission or publication

    Recipients are required to:

    • accept online within 21 days
    • expend the funds within 12 months
    • submit a final report
    • present a public reading or talk at Newman College and/or a presentation to the Creative Writing Program, or the English and Theatre Studies Program at the University of Melbourne.

    Selection criteria

    The first stage Expression of Interest (EOI) will be judged according to:

    • the quality of the poetry, as assessed by the Selection Committee
    • academic merit
    • preference will be given to writing up PhD thesis.

    The full application will be awarded using the following selection criteria:

    • quality of the poetry, as assessed by the Selection Committee
    • estimated impact of the funds towards the preparation of a manuscript for submission or publication.
    • appropriateness of the proposed project at this stage of the applicant’s career
    • preference will be given to writing up PhD thesis.
  • Application process

    All applicants are required to submit an online Expression of Interest (EOI) consisting of:

    • a 300 word abstract from your submitted thesis
    • a University of Melbourne academic transcript
    • a sample of poetry of up to 5 pages from your thesis.

    Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit:

    • a 500 word proposal outlining the activities the award will fund
    • a CV of no more than 2 pages
    • a sample of poetry of up to 10 pages (preferably from your thesis).
  • When will I know the outcome?

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

  • About the donor

    Peter Steele Poetry Award Donors

    Father Peter Steele AM (1939 - 2012) was an academic at the University of Melbourne, a graduate of the university and scholar in residence at Newman College. An acclaimed poet and academic, Steele was a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, Georgetown University, Loyola University of Chicago and Fordham University.

    In 2010 Steele was awarded the Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in Poetry and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for service to literature and higher education as a poet, author, scholar and teacher, and to the Catholic Church.

    The Peter Steele Poetry Award is supported by the generous contribution of a group of donors including The Hon Susan M Crennan AC QC and Dr Michael Crennan QC, Allan Myers AC QC and Maria Myers AC, Dr Jack Steele, and 7 additional contributors.

What are the benefits?

$4,000 to support activities related to the preparation of a manuscript for submission or publication.

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