Mary Gilmore Award

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The Mary Gilmore Award is currently an annual Australian literary award for poetry, awarded by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. Since being established in 1956 as the ACTU Dame Mary Gilmore Award, it has been awarded in several other categories, but has been confined to poetry since 1985. It was named in honour of writer and journalist Mary Gilmore (1865–1962).


The Mary Gilmore Award was established in 1956 by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) as the ACTU Dame Mary Gilmore Award[1] to encourage literature "significant to the life and aspirations of the Australian people". Over the years it has been awarded for a range of categories, including novels, poetry, a three-act (full-length) play, and a short story.[2]

In 1959 it was organised by the May Day Committees of Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle in partnership with the New Theatre in Newtown, Sydney, as an award for the best new play.[3]

The Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry[4] was established in 1985, named in honour of the Australian writer and journalist Dame Mary Gilmore. As of 2022 it is known simply as the Mary Gilmore Award.[5]

The award is as of 2022 conducted by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and given to a first book of poetry published in Australia in the previous year. From 1998 to 2016, it was awarded every two years; prior to 1998 it was awarded annually.[5]


Past winners of the poetry prize include:[5]

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  1. ^ "ACTU Dame Mary Gilmore Award". AustLit: Discover Australian Stories. Archived from the original on 11 May 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "Mary Gilmore Award". The Australian Women's Register. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  3. ^ "1959 May Day Award for best play". Tribune. No. 1084. New South Wales. 21 January 1959. p. 7. Retrieved 11 May 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry". Austlit. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "Mary Gilmore Award". Association for the Study of Australian Literature. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
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  10. ^ "Eades wins 2018 Mary Gilmore Award | Books+Publishing". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Aden Rolfe wins the 2017 Mary Gilmore Award", Giramondo Publishing
  12. ^ "11 July 2014 : Week in Review", Sydney Review of Books
  13. ^ "Fiona Wright wins the Dame Mary Gilmore Award", Giramondo Publishing

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