Picture of the front cover of a book titled 'the bright and the cold' selected poems of Anne Elder

Anne Elder Award 2020

This year I again had the pleasure of judging the Anne Elder Award through Australian Poetry. Fellow Judges Marcella Polain, Toby Fitch and I chose our winner Ella Jeffery for Dead Bolt (Puncher & Wattmann 2020), as well as awarding Highly Commended to Cadaver Dog by Luke Best (UQP 2020) and Commended to Ask Me About the Future by Rebecca Jessen (UQP 2020). Congratulations to all!

The award is named after Australian poet Anne Elder, 1918-1976. The Anne Elder Award is sponsored by Anne’s daughter, Cathie, and is for a sole-authored first book of poetry of 20-minimum pages in length, published in Australia.

Read our judge’s comments about the award winning books and more information about the award on the Australian Poetry website.

Picture of front cover of Australian Poetry Journal 8.2. The front cover features a photo of an anti-Trump protest with someone holding a sign saying 'silence =' and another sign with Trump's face and the word 'illegitimate' written across his eyes.

New poem in Australian Poetry Journal

My poem ‘Dirty talk’ (from my book Milk Teeth) is published in the latest Australian Poetry Journal Volume 8.2 – ‘spoken’, which features new works by more than 60 Australian poets, with poetry guest-edited by spoken-word poets Andrew Galan and David Stavanger. Following the ‘spoken’ selection is a separate section of 19 poems edited by Toby Fitch. This Big Bent series is an exploration of gender and language queering.

Grab yourself a copy of the latest APJ.

Both sections are also accompanied by sound-recordings, which is very cool! You can find the recordings at australianpoetry.org.