Among the richest poetry and short story prizes in Australia, the Griffith University Josephine Ulrick prizes in 2016 offer $30,000 in prize money.
The prizes are funded by Griffith University and administered by the School of Humanities in agreement with the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts.
2016 JudgesPOETRY: Judith Beveridge and Anthony Lawrence
SHORT STORY: Terri-ann White and Matthew Lamb
Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize 2015
1st Prize: Amanda Frances Johnson – ‘The Book of Interdictions’
Judges’ comments: “This poem takes sanction and prohibition (religion, warfare) and confronts hard reality in lyrical, original ways. Using a wide-angle and zoom lens, the poem investigates fear, anticipation, tradition and intimacy. We are moved and confronted by fierce, complex images in a landscape where drones, soldiers, birds and children move in and out of focus.”
2nd Prize: Tug Dumbly – ‘Peeling’
Judges’ comments: “An intimate portrait of father and son. It is also a poem about self-reflection and the repercussions of certain actions in a world where responsibility and imagination intertwine and sometimes come to grief. The poem is remarkable for its sustained, emotional pressure and wisdom.”
The judges were MTC Cronin and Anthony Lawrence.
Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize 2015
1st Prize: Mark Smith – ‘Manyuk’
Judges’ comments: “Against the backdrop of the approaching wet season in Darwin, a young woman separated from her country, her language and her family tries to stay connected to her culture against the wishes of her husband. The judges found the story to be very well crafted, with the accumulation of minor, but significant, detail hinting at more than what is otherwise said. This story shows a writer displaying great restraint, with the result being a story that demands to be re-read, and which grows with each reading.”
2nd Prize: Laura Stortenbeker – ‘Floodlit’
Judges’ comments: “Three teenage girls preparing for a night out on the town. This story throws a light on the paradoxes of trying to rebel, while at the same time trying to fit it. And the early corrosion that can take place within a person’s character on the cusp of adulthood. The dialogue, which drives the story forward, with both what is said, and what is only hinted at, suggests a writer of great promise.”
The judges were Frank Moorhouse and Matthew Lamb.
Prizes per category:
- First Prize: $10,000
- Second Prize: $5,000
Griffith University strongly supports the future of Australian poetry and fiction by funding and administering these prestigious prizes, in agreement with the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts.
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About Josephine Ulrick
Josephine Ulrick was born on 17 June 1952 and died on 10 January 1997. She was herself a writer and a poet as well as a great patron of the arts. Her role as curator of the Galleries Schubert made her a vital and inspirational mentor for the artists of South-East Queensland. She recognised great talent and strove to nurture it, encouraging many artists to achieve their full potential. She will be remembered by those with whom she shared her creativity, knowledge and passion for life.
The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts - and national prizes such as The Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize - were set up in order that her name live on. This award continues the excellence she encouraged in the creative arts.