The Blake Poetry Prize

Entries have now closed for the Blake Poetry Prize. Judging is now underway! In the difficult times of COVID19 the final timeline for the announcements is still to be fully finalised with the exhibition of The Blake Visual Arts Prize and awards ceremony taking place after Casula Powerhouse can safely re-open. If you have entered, good luck!


About the prize:
The Blake Poetry Prize challenges Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.

From 2017  Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in collaboration with WestWords,  has delivered The Blake Poetry Prize as a biennial event.

The Blake Poetry Prize  continues to engage contemporary poets, both national and international, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion and/or belief.

The Blake Poetry Prize is an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality with the visionary imagining of contemporary poets. The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, a poet and artist of undoubted genius, who integrated religious and artistic content in his work. The Blake Poetry Prize challenges contemporary poets of disparate styles to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.

The Blake Poetry Prize is strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but all poems entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity and demonstrate high degrees of artistic and conceptual proficiency.

The Poetry Blake Prize | $5,000 | Non-Acquisitive

The judges are:

Kirli Saunders
Lachlan Brown
Julie Watts (winner of the 2017 Poetry Prize)

The Blake Prize is an open poetry prize that challenges artists to engage in conversations relating to religion and spirituality. It is open to all faiths and artistic styles.

The Blake Poetry Prize is presented in partnership with