Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

This prize, worth approximately $12,000, is awarded biennially and will next be open in May 2021, for an Australian poet to travel to Ireland (including Northern Ireland) in 2022.

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

Total value

up to $12,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

1

  • Joel Deane
    "The people I met and places I saw in Ireland resonated deeply. During my trip I attended the Cork International Poetry Festival, participated in five poetry workshops, ran one poetry workshop, gave five poetry readings, met dozens of poets and writers, travelled more than 1700 miles, and found my ancestral home outside Lorrha, Tipperary. I will write at least one novel and several poems as a direct consequence of the Buckley prize."
    - Joel Deane
  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • present a group or volume or volumes or oeuvre of poems written in English by yourself
    • have been published for commercial distribution
    • be an Irish citizen (Northern Ireland included) if you are a poet applying to write in Australia
    • be an Australian citizen if you are a poet applying to write in Ireland
  • Application process

    You must submit your application online with the following information / documents to support your application:

    1. 200 word outline of activities to be undertaken
    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 citizenship (Passport, Birth Certificate, Citizenship Certificate)

    Entries must be received by midnight on the closing date.

  • When will I know the outcome?

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

  • Variations of this scholarship

    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.

  • About the donor

    Family and friends of late Professor Emeritus Vincent Buckley

    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.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $12,000

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