Naomi Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize, 2021

The Naomi Williams Poetry Prize is named in honour of Nay who was a strong, proud Wiradjuri woman from the Tumut/Brungle area of NSW.

Nay loved to write poetry about the river, her family and all the elements of love that she treasured.

This poetry prize aims to support other Wiradjuri writers and to create more poetry about life in Wiradjuri country.

Artwork by Naomi Williams.


Healing Country, Healing Mob

Winning entrants:

  • Adult: Wiradjuri writers over 25
    Winner: Jasmine Williams, Wiradjuri Yinaa
    Highly Commended: Alison Barnes, Ngadhuguyunganbul Murungidyal
  • Youth: Wiradjuri writers under 25
    Winner: Aryssa McAlister, My mum is black I am not
    Highly Commended: Ngali Williams, Healing Our Culture
  • Kids: Wiradjuri writers 12 and under
    Winner: Jack Burnes, Wiinyugamin (bushfire)
    Winner: Rikki Penrith, Healing our country
    Highly Commended: Lily Sampson, Connection

In the media:

Adult Category Winner Jasmine Williams was interviewed on ABC Radio National Breakfast about where she finds inspiration for her writing, the importance of telling First Nations stories, and the meaning of NAIDOC Week’s theme ‘Healing Country’. Listen to Jasmine recite her poem here.

2021 Judges:

Aunty Cheryl Penrith: proud, strong Wiradjuri woman, a great mentor, and loving Aunty to Nay.

Aunty Anita Heiss: proud, strong Wiradjuri woman, author, poet, satirist and social commentator.

Amy Williams: proud, strong Wiradjuri woman and loving cousin to Nay.

George Newhouse: CEO and Principal Solicitor, National Justice Project.

Proud Sponsors:

  • The Kilby/Penrith Family
  • Aunty Caroline Hughes
  • The Heiss Family
  • The Bond-Williams Family
  • The National Justice Project

Resources and donations:

Please print a PDF flyer for the 2021 Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize here or email us at and call us at the National Justice Project office on (02) 9514 4440.

We are delighted to share a PDF copy of previous years winning and highly commended poems: