Sharpen your pencils: the Naomi Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize is now open!

Last Updated on 14/04/2022 by National Justice Project

For the third year running, Wiradjuri writers and writers living on Wiradjuri Country will have the chance to share their best poetry in the Naomi Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize 2022.


This year’s theme is ‘Respect, Recognition & Reconciliation’, with entries opening on Thursday 14 April and closing on Friday 17 June.

The annual prize was established to honour the life of Naomi Williams, a strong, proud Wiradjuri woman from the Brungle/Tumut area of NSW, who loved to write poetry by the Tumut River.

This year, poets can enter one of three categories: Adult for Wiradjuri writers aged over 25, Youth for Wiradjuri writers aged 13-24 and Kids for all writers living on Wiradjuri Country aged under 12.

The winner of Adult and Youth categories will win $300, the winner of the Kids category will win $100 and highly commended entries will win a $50 book voucher.

The Williams family said this year’s poetry prize is about respect for Wiradjuri leaders, past and present.

“This year’s them is all about respecting and recognising our ancestors, especially our Elders. It is a time for us to come together, acknowledge our leaders and work with them towards a better future for us all.”

Winners of the Naomi Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize 2022 will be announced during NAIDOC Week, between 3-10 July 2022.

Judges for this year’s prize winners will be selected by proud Wiradjuri woman and aunty to Naomi, Aunty Cheryl Penrith; proud Wiradjuri woman, author and commentator Aunty Anita Heiss; proud Wiradjuri woman and loving cousin to Naomi, Amy Williams; and CEO of the National Justice Project, George Newhouse.

To enter, Wiradjuri writers can submit their poems to poetry@justice.org.au by 17 June, including their name, date of birth, the poem’s title and which category they’re entering.

This year’s Naomi Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize is sponsored by the Kilby-Penrith family, Aunty Caroline Hughes, the Heiss family, the Bond-Williams family and the National Justice Project.

For more information on the Naomi Williams Wiradjuri Poetry Prize 2022, the community can contact poetry@justice.org.au or the National Justice Project office at (02) 9514 4440.

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