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The Levitt Indigenous Poetry Prize (LIPP)

The Levitt Indigenous Poetry Prize (“LIPP”) is a biennial poetry prize for the best poems on a personal, social or political subject concerning Indigenous Australians or Torres Strait Islanders. 

The inaugural LIPP will be awarded in October 2021

Every 2 years thereafter, there will be a public presentation of prizes and/or a book launch for the LIPP Edition

$10,000 for first prize

$10,000 for first prize

$6,000 for second prize

$6,000 for second prize

$4,000 for third prize

$4,000 for third prize

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The inaugural LIPP will be awarded in October 2021

Every 2 years thereafter, there will be a public presentation of prizes and/or a book launch for the LIPP Edition

$10,000 for first prize

$10,000 for first prize

$6,000 for second prize

$6,000 for second prize

$4,000 for third prize

$4,000 for third prize

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Entry criteria

All submissions must be respectful and sensitive to the integrity of Indigenous (or Torres Strait Islander) people and culture.

There is no age or ethnicity criteria for entries – though contributions by young entrants will be evaluated by taking into account the entrant’s level of maturity and educational development.

The LIPP’s aims are:

to create constructive dialogue between White and Black Australians.

To erode the ‘gap’ that exists between White and Black Australians by creating awareness of the level of inequality that persists.

To focus creatively on solutions to Indigenous disadvantage. 

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Entry criteria

All submissions must be respectful and sensitive to the integrity of Indigenous (or Torres Strait Islander) people and culture.

There is no age or ethnicity criteria for entries – though contributions by young entrants will be evaluated by taking into account the entrant’s level of maturity and educational development.

The LIPP’s aims are:

to create constructive dialogue between White and Black Australians.

To erode the ‘gap’ that exists between White and Black Australians by creating awareness of the level of inequality that persists.

To focus creatively on solutions to Indigenous disadvantage. 

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Terms & Conditions

*All entrants and contributors must warrant that they own the copyright in their own work and must ordinarily be residents of Australia.

*All entrants and contributors will need to sign a non-exclusive Copyright licence to publish and/or reproduce their works for the LIPP, which is being run as a not-for-profit enterprise.

Terms & Conditions

*All entrants and contributors must warrant that they own the copyright in their own work and must ordinarily be residents of Australia.

*All entrants and contributors will need to sign a non-exclusive Copyright licence to publish and/or reproduce their works for the LIPP, which is being run as a not-for-profit enterprise.

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The LIPP Edition

An anthology of the best 100-150 entries from the previous award period will be published in the biennial LIPP Edition, by Saray Holdings. The net sale and sponsorship proceeds will be given to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, or another registered charity, established specifically for the advancement of Aboriginal Australians. 

Artists are invited to submit works with subject matter relevant to a personal or political subject concerning Indigenous &/or Torres Strait Islanders.  A selection of works will be included as illustrations in the LIPP Edition and will also be exhibited at the Clare Gallery, Sydney. 

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The LIPP Edition

An anthology of the best 100-150 entries from the previous award period will be published in the biennial LIPP Edition, by Saray Holdings. The net sale and sponsorship proceeds will be given to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, or another registered charity, established specifically for the advancement of Aboriginal Australians. 

Artists are invited to submit works with subject matter relevant to a personal or political subject concerning Indigenous &/or Torres Strait Islanders.  A selection of works will be included as illustrations in the LIPP Edition and will also be exhibited at the Clare Gallery, Sydney. 

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