The Department of English at the University of Sydney is pleased to announce that the second biennial award under the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest will be made in 2017.  The bequest offers a cash prize of $5,000 and publication with Vagabond Press (www.vagabondpress.netfor the winning collection of 50-70 pages by a woman poet over the age of 18. Applicants must be Australian, and the poems submitted must be “about Australian culture,” broadly defined. 

The closing date for entries is 28 February 2017. Full manuscripts are to be submitted online using Submittable.

The three judges appointed are Kate Lilley, Pam Brown and Gig Ryan.

Full guidelines follow on the submission page.

Enquiries to: annalise.pippard@arts.usyd.edu.au 

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The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest is open to women poets over the age of 18.

Collections must be between 50 and 70 pages. The submitted poems should not previously have been published in collected book form, whether in print or on the virtual domain. It is, however, acceptable if a small number of individual poems have been published in print or web journals. 

Applicants must be Australian, and the poems submitted must be “about Australian culture,” broadly defined. 

The complete manuscript should be submitted in one Word or PDF document, font 12 point at least, with page numbers. 

The author’s name or any other identifying details are NOT to be included in the manuscript. 

The layout can look on the page how the author might want it to look as a published work.

The winning poet will receive a $5,000 cash prize, and the collection will be published by Vagabond Press (www.vagabondpress.net)

The winning poet must agree to give a public reading of their work at the University of Sydney. 

Only electronic submissions via Submittable will be accepted. 

Poets who have previously been awarded the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest are not eligible to apply. 

The three judges appointed are Kate Lilley, Pam Brown and Gig Ryan. 

Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award