Poetry prize out of this world

Creative writing student Bronwyn Lovell has won the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem.

Named in honour of a distinguished Queensland poet, the Val Vallis Award is a prestigious prize for an unpublished poem (or suite of poems) of 80 lines or less.

Winning entries are published online in the Cordite Poetry Review, an Australian and international journal of poetry criticism.

Bronwyn’s work, Quietly, on the way to Mars, is a suite of poems from the verse novel manuscript Bronwyn is working on as part of her PhD at Flinders.

Her award was announced at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival, which aims to support, cultivate, and promote a vibrant poetry culture in Queensland and Australia as a whole.

Bronwyn is currently researching depictions of women in space and writing science fiction poems set in space with a female protagonist.

Her principal supervisor is space archaeologist, Dr Alice Gorman.

Read more about the Arts Queensland Poetry Awards and the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival.

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