The Woorilla Poetry Prize was judged this year by Kevin Brophy and Alicia Sometimes, with the awards event taking place in Emerald, Victoria.
Kevin Brophy spoke briefly about the judging process. ‘I guess I want to remind you at the start that judging a poetry competition is a very human process. There is a human at the end of the poems, trying to receive the poems and trying to be everything that a judge is meant to be, but in the end having to be simply a lover of poetry, and react to the poems as a lover and admirer of poetry and what poets do … which is to renovate language.’
First Prize went to Tug Dumbly, with Lucy Williams runner-up. The three Highly Commended Awards went to Rachel White, Gayelene Carbis and Tug Dumbly, while the two Commended Poem awards both went to Shoshanna Rockman.