The shortlist for the 2018 Peter Porter Poetry Prize includes Tracey Slaughter



Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 10.18.30 AM.pngExciting news – I was such a big fan of her short story collection so heartfelt congratulations Tracey Slaughter !


Australian Book Review is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. First presented in 2005, the Porter Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new poem. It is worth a total of $8,500.

This year, our indefatigable judges – John Hawke (chair of the panel, and Poetry Editor of ABR), Jen Webb, and Bill Manhire – had almost 1,000 poems to assess before choosing the shortlist. It was our largest field to date. Five poems have been shortlisted, and the field reflects the international nature of this ABR competition. The shortlisted poets are Eileen Chong (Sydney), Katherine Healy (Adelaide), LK Holt (Melbourne), Tracey Slaughter (New Zealand), and Nicholas Wong (Hong Kong).

Full details here


Tracey Slaughter is a poet and short story writer from Cambridge, New Zealand. Her work has received numerous awards, including the international Bridport Prize (2014), shortlistings for the Manchester Prize in both Poetry (2014) and Fiction (2015), and two Katherine Mansfield Awards. Her latest work, the short story collection deleted scenes for lovers (Victoria University Press) was published to critical acclaim in 2016, and was longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards. She is currently putting the finishing touches to a poetry collection entitled ‘conventional weapons’. She teaches at the University of Waikato, where she edits the literary journal Mayhem.


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