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Entries are now open for one of Australia’s richest poetry prizes, the 2021 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry, with poets from all over the country competing for the coveted $10,000 first prize.

The poetry prize will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme Resilience, reflecting on Jaeda DeWalt’s supposition, ‘When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience’, and Sharon Salzberg’s thesis, ‘Resilience is based on compassion for ourselves as well as compassion for others’.

Entries close on July 5 and winners will be announced on September 7. The competition will be judged by celebrated contemporary Australian poet MTC Cronin.

ACU’s annual Prize for Poetry is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President, led by Fr Anthony Casamento csma, who said the competition aimed to continue the tradition of the Catholic Church as a key patron of the arts.

“We are delighted to continue to support Australian artists, writers and poets,” said Father Anthony. “The number of entries and the calibre of writing we receive each year demonstrates that poetry and the process of artistic creation continues to be alive and well in Australia.”

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