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The Puncher & Wattmann Prize for a First Book of Poetry

We are delighted to announce an annual prize of $2,500 and print publication of a first book of poetry, by Puncher & Wattmann.

The prize will open on August 15 and close on November 30 each year.

Manuscripts should be submitted as a pdf or Word doc to: firstbookprize@puncherandwattmann.com

An entry fee of $25 must be paid through Eventbrite

Judges: MTC Cronin, David Musgrave and Ann Vickery


Blindside by Mark Reid launched in Sydney

Blindside by Mark Reid was launched at the Friend in Hand Hotel, Sydney by Philip Salom, poet and novelist.

Mark Reid and David Musgrave

Blindside, Mark Reid's fifth collection, exhibits his accustomed minimalist rigour, a spare & allusive lyric, contemporary, colloquial, committed, seeking the sublime in the everyday.

Mark Reid's poetry has always delighted & challenged me. His distinctive voice & finely tuned ear for just the right music has given his work a potency that's been hard-won. Reid is a craftsman.—Anthony Lawrence

Reid's is a brooding art, open to


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Praise for Philip Salom’s new novel Waiting

According to Stephen Romei in his Ragged Claws column, a queue was lining up to review Waiting for the Weekend Australian. A very positive short review in the international magazine Monocle, describes Waiting as "...an insightful novel about big characters with very little in life, exploring what this says about the rest of us."

Antoni Jach has called Waiting "a bittersweet tale of the marginalised and the searching." and that it is "Weirdly moving, tender and insightful", while John Clarke has praised Salom as "a wonderful storyteller".  Sue Woolfe says Waiting contains: "flashes of poetry and sudden insight and such profound compassion (it) should be labelled – WARNING: Could make the reader kinder".


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