The new and inaugural XYZ Prize is the first national prize in Australia in the field of spoken word. Launched by the Queensland Poetry Festival with the support of Overland, there’s $1,500 up for grabs open to any resident of Australia and the winning entries are to be published in Overland. Named after Queensland poet Emily XYZ, it is an exciting step for spoken word in this country, and recognises it as a growing art form in its own right, with the competition judged by Dr Karina Quinn, Pascalle Burton and Kate Durbin.

Entries are open until 5pm, July 15 with the winner to be announced at the Queensland Poetry Festival, on the opening night on August 28. For more information on the prize and guidelines, check out the entry form on QPF’s website.

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, activist and the Director of Melbourne Spoken Word. He grew up in Western Sydney before calling Melbourne home in 2008, where he's performed since 2010 around Melbourne's regular spoken word and poetry nights including Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Voices in the Attic and House of Bricks as well as the NGV and White Night. He's released a chapbook, broken bodies, and two spoken word albums, Duel Power with Santo Cazzati and The World Doesn't Make Sense EP.
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