Wesley Michel Wright Prize

The prestigious Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry, worth approximately $3500, is open for award to an author or composer of original verse or poetry in the English language and who is an Australian citizen.

Applications open

2 Mar 2020

Applications closed

25 May 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $3,500

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Susan Fealy
    "The Wesley Michel Wright Prize is very special to me because it has a long history. I feel humbled to be sharing this award with other poets whose work I have admired for many years. The prize money will give me some valuable free time to write and to read: it creates new learning and new possibilities. Thank you for this wonderful affirmation and for the opportunity to nurture my writing."
    - Susan Fealy
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an author or composer of original verse or poetry in the English language and an Australian citizen

    Selection criteria

    Poems must be between 50 and 500 lines, excluding titles and footnotes, and have been published in the 12 months prior to the closing date in print or digital book or journal form.


    • Works previously submitted as entries for the prize will not be accepted
    • There will only be one winner. The prize will not be shared
    • Applicants for this prize agree by submitting their work that their name, the name of their work and publication details will be published on The University of Melbourne website and other University of Melbourne publications
    • Only one application per book. Multiple applications, on separate application forms, may be submitted if they are from different books
  • Application process

    Complete the online application form, which requires the current ISSN or ISBN number for your book or journal publication, the web address of work published electronically, and the documents uploaded as outlined below:

    • Copy of proof of Australian citizenship (passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate, etc.) The selection committee may request your original copy at a later date.
    • A poem or a collection of poems of between 50 and 500 lines. Poems can be consecutive poems or selected from different sections of your book to make up the line requirement. Title and footnotes are not included in line count.
    • If your entry is part of a hard copy book, upload the extract you would like to submit for judging.
  • About the donor

    Wesley Michel Wright

    This prize was established by bequest from Mr Wesley Michel Wright, UOM Bachelor of Arts (1951).

What are the benefits?

Approximately $3,500


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