2014 Mary Gilmore Award

Judges: Dr Lucy Dougan (UWA), Professor Philip Mead (UWA), Dr Marcella Polain (Edith Cowan University) 

The 2014 Mary Gilmore Award for a best first book of Australian poetry published in the two preceding years attracted 47 entries from 21 publishers. Overall, the judges were impressed by the range of work and its quality, and also the vigor of Australian publishers of poetry at this moment. Regrettably, a handful of very fine entries were deemed ineligible for the award because their authors had previously published chapbooks.

Rose Lucas, Even In The Dark, UWA Publishing: Winner

Lucas’s collection shines with a clear intelligence and keen observation of the everyday, landscape, place, art, love and grief. The poems, evocative and moving, also sit so lightly on the page. Formal strengths of the work include a sureness of lineation, open endings, and an overall control of tone in material that is emotive but never sentimental. Lucas’s poems arrive at and capture the allusiveness of being seemingly without any tricks.

The judges would like to wish all entrants and their publishers the very best for future endeavours, and send warmest congratulations to the short-listed poets, particularly Rose Lucas for such a satisfying and beautifully made first book of poems.


Previous Award Winners

2012 Fiona Wright for Knuckled Giramondo
2010 Joanna Preston for The Summer King Otago University Press
2008 Nathan Shepherdson for Sweeping the Light Back into the Mirror UQP
2006 David McCooey for Blister Pack Salt Publishing
2004 Michael Brennan The Imageless World Salt Publishing
2002 Geraldine McKenzie for Duty Paperbark Press
2000 Lucy Dougan for Memory Shell Five Islands Press
1998 Emma Lew for The Wild Reply Black Pepper Press
1997 Morgan Yasbincek for Night Reversing Fremantle Arts Centre Press
1996 Jordie Albiston for Nervous Arcs Spinifex Press
1995 Aileen Kelly for Coming Up for Light Pariah Press
1994 Deborah Staines for Now, Millennium Spinifex Press
1993 Jill Jones for The Mask and Jagged Star Hazard Poets
1992 Alison Croggon for This is the Stone Penguin
1991 Jean Kent for Verandahs Hale and Iremonger
1990 Kristopher Rassemussen for In the Name of the Father False Frontiers
1989 Alex Skovron for The Re-arrangement MUP
1988 Judith Beveridge for The Domesticity of Giraffes Black Lightning Press
1987 Jan Owen for Boy with Telescope A and R
1986 Stephen Williams for A Crowd of Voices Pariah Press
1985 Doris Brett for The Truth about Unicorns