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Queensland Poetry launches national spoken word prize

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.

Annie Solah