Wesley Michel Wright Prize

The Wesley Michel Wright Prize is awarded for an original work of verse or poetry.

Applications open

17 Apr 2023

Last day for applications

12 Jun 2023
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $4,300

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 must:

    • be an author of original verse or poetry;
    • be an Australian citizen; and,
    • have published the poem in the 12 months prior to the closing date in print or digital book or journal form.
  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete an online application including the following:

    • publication details including the current ISSN or ISBN number for your book or journal publication, or the web address of work published electronically;
    • a poem or a collection of poems in English 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, stanza breaks 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; and,
    • copy of proof of Australian citizenship (passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate, etc.) The selection committee may request your original copy at a later date.

    Only one application can be made per book. Multiple applications, on separate application forms, will be considered if they are from different published works.

    Works that have previously been submitted as entries for the prize will not be considered.

    Submit a scholarship application now

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email.

  • About the donor

    Wesley Michel Wright

    Wesley Michel Wright was an alumnus of the University of Melbourne who achieved a Bachelor of Arts in 1951.  Mr Wright left a gift in his will supporting the Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry with the purpose of awarding an Australian author of original verse or poetry.

What are the benefits?

Up to $4,300.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept award online within 21 days; and,
  • 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.




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