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Blake in the Blackwood Prize

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Poets of the South West are invited to enter the Blake in the Blackwood Prize, judged by Andrew Lansdown, internationally recognized and multi-award winning poet.  Poems should follow the inspiration of William Blake to explore spiritual dimensions in life.

The prizes are as follows: First Place Open Section: $500 cash; Youth Section (under 15): $100 cash

Eligible to enter? Blake in the Blackwood is open to entries from people in the Southwest of Western Australia--i.e. west of a line drawn from Bunbury to Albany. (Bunbury and Albany are included, of course.) There are several different definitions of the Southwest region, but this is the one the competition is using.

The rules allow you no more than two entries for the competition. Each poem must be sent on a separate entry form.

The winners of the inaugural Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize will be announced on Sunday 31st July 2016.

For further details, please contact Stephen Crabbe on (08) 9761 4016, email
or Vivienne Litson on

About the Prize
The artist and poet William Blake was a mystic, concerned with helping people to perceive more clearly and so grow spiritually; he did not want to promulgate the particular traditions and dogma of any religious institution. Blake wrote that “if the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.”

This is the stance we assume in offering prizes for creative works.

The national Blake Award in Australia has a high profile in the fields of painting and poetry; our event is meant to be similar but on a smaller scale. It is for residents of the southwestern region of Western Australia.

In 2016, we focus only on poetry. In future years, as our network, organization and reputation build, we may also offer prizes for visual art.

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