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Thanks to Jason Steger (from The Age), and all you independent tweeters below, for helping us pay homage to our founder: Ron Pretty. He is very excited to personally read all of your entries, so get writing. 30 lines, 30 November: that’s the goal, put it on the wall.



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Five Islands Press are Brunswick-bound for the launch of local poet Susan Bradley Smith’s ‘Beds for all who come’. I have embedded the invitation for all who wish to come… and after the execution of that pun, I hope you feel obliged.
SBSmith invitation

British Poetry Journal ‘The Wolf’ have published a magnificent review of John Kinsella’s ‘The Vision of Error’…

“Tracing territory familiar from several previous collections, this anti-pastoral of the Western Australian ‘Wheatbelt’ (‘Tens of thousands of acres of GM canola / […] / feeding frenzy’) now substantially relies/builds on his readers’ fore-knowledge.”
You can read the entire review via this link:

Some articles on the lovely Lisa Jacobson…

In case you have been living under a rock with your fingers in your ears, Lisa Jacobson’s Sunlit Zone took out the 2014 John Bray Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s, the Stella Prize, and the Wesley Michel Wright Prize.

Early this year, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age featured Lisa in some articles:
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Are you staring at the best 30-line poem you have ever written?

Lucky you… Two poetry prizes have been announced this week, which makes 2014 a particularly good time to be a poet.

1. The 2014 ACU Literature Prize is officially open, and this year’s category is poetry.
More information is available here. Entries close July 7.

2. Five Islands Press’ inaugural Ron Pretty Poetry Prize is officially open.
More information is available here. Entries close November 30.

RPP Prize Brochure_RJ


The 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Shortlist was announced a couple days ago and surprise, surprise…

Lisa Jacobson’s ‘The Sunlit Zone’ is once again featured in the running. You can view the shortlist here:






This Wednesday we are launching ‘The Vision of Error: A Sextet of Activist Poems’ by John Kinsella…


Toby Davidson’s ‘Beast Language’ has been reviewed by The Australian, Overland, Cordite, ABR and ‘Me Fail? I Fly’…

The links to all of these reviews are provided below.

Michael Farrell, The Australian:

Five Islands Press were well represented at The Stella Prize last night…

Our managing co-editor Kevin Brophy headed along to support Lisa Jacobson. ‘The Sunlit Zone’ did not take out the main prize, but congratulations to the gracious winner Carrie Tiffany who selflessly shared some prize-money with the shortlist. Thanks also to the organizers of the Stella Prize, especially Megan Quinlan, for running such a tight ship.

CLICK HERE to read a Q&A that The Stella Prize conducted with Lisa, it gives you exclusive insight into her “writing place”.

Congratulations to Lisa Jacobson for making the long-list of the prestigious Stella Prize…

You can view the long-list here and for those of you who haven’t read The Sunlit Zone yet, this introspective Cordite review by Jessica Wilkinson may be of interest to you.

Chair of the Stella Prize judging panel, Kerryn Goldsworthy, says:

Out of the almost 200 original entries, the judges have arrived at a varied and eclectic longlist that reflects the breadth of imagination, knowledge and skill in contemporary Australian women’s writing. The list includes a collection of short stories, a fantasy novel, a speculative-fiction verse novel, and three non-fiction books with very different subjects and styles. There are mixed-genre books involving biography, history, memoir and art; there are novels about real people, and nonfiction books using the beautiful writing techniques of fiction. There are stories from the past and from the future; stories of children at risk, of racial tension, of world travel, and of unimaginable danger and loss.

The judges will now decide on a shortlist that will be announced on Wednesday 20 March.

The Internet seems to have swallowed some more exciting news of ours, Michelle Cahill and Lisa Jacobson have both been short-listed…

Congratulations to Lisa Jacobson, The Sunlit Zone has been short-listed for the prestigious Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry 2012.

Michelle Cahill has also been short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, please vote for Vishvarupa in the Poetry category.

You can vote here:

Here is Michelle pictured several times with Premier Ted Baillieu -


Congratulations to Mal McKimmie for taking out the Age Book of the Year Award 2012 for Poetry…

It was announced last Thursday at the Melbourne Writers Festival that The Brokenness Sonnets I-III & Other Poems had been awarded The Age poetry prize.
The book of the year was awarded to James Boyce.

Here is Mal featured in The Age on Friday -

Mal has also been mentioned by one of our favourite bloggers LiteraryMinded -

Lisa Jacobson,

whose verse novel, The Sunlit Zone, will be published by Five Islands Press in 2012, has just been awarded the Bruce Dawe National Poetry prize.

(Excerpt from The Age)

Mal McKimmie

Mal McKimmie’s book – The Brokenness Sonnets I-III is now available and will be launched in November 2011

November 2011

In the month of November Five Island Press welcomes submissions of new collections from Australian poets. Please check our submissions guidelines for details.