Celebration of awarded poets

The Woorilla Poetry Prize and PAVE festival are pleased to announce the Winners, Runners Up, Highly Commended and Commended entries of the 2018 Woorilla Poetry Award.

Open Section
First Prize – $1,000 – Catherine Bateson, Vic – Green Light
First Runner Up – $250 – Mocco Wallert, NSW – Possum Watch
Second Runner Up – Catherine Bateson, Vic – Instructions for a Bird Morning
Highly Commended – Damen O’Brien, Qld – Marine Snow
Highly Commended – Mary-Jane Wyllie, Vic – Rides
Highly Commended – Julia Wakefield, SA – False Dawn
Commended – Clare Millar, Vic – ‘Spritzing Ourselves’
Commended – Chris Ringrose, Vic – Mound Springs, Oodnadatta Track
Commended – Rob Wallis, Vic – When We Were Alive
Commended – Jeff Guess, SA – Abandoned Glass Houses

Youth Section
First Prize – $200 – Wade O’Brien, NT – MMORPG (Acronym for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game)
Runner Up – $50 – Jessica McDowell, Vic – tasseomancy
Highly Commended – Jeremy Firman, Vic – Careful Steps
Highly Commended – Samantha Ho, NSW – Resist
Highly Commended – Levi Hui, NSW – Fire and Ice
Highly Commended – Genevieve Whitford, Vic – The Night Song
Highly Commended – To Nhu Sonia Huynh, SA – Tiramisu
Commended – Sienna Hughes, Vic – Poverty
Commended – Jessica McDowell, Vic – Rose Tinted Glasses
Commended – Anisha Ng, SA – Rewind Time
Commended – Anisha Ng, SA – Shattered Glass

Congratulations to all entrants but especially the winners and those commended by the the judge, Judith Rodriguez, who commented that the quality of entries was extremely high. Thank you to everyone who participated as an entrant or who came along to enjoy the awards ceremony. Thank you to Maria Millers and Judith Rodriguez as well as everyone who worked so hard to plan and bring this prestigious prize to life.