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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. 

Left to enter! Submissions close 11th of June 2021.

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Submissions close 11th of June 2021

To enter, please use the ‘Enter here’ button below

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 First Nation Australians (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 First Nation Australians (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 Indigenous Australians.

To erode the ‘gap’ that exists between White and Indigenous 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 Indigenous Australians. 

Artists are invited to submit works with subject matter relevant to a personal or political subject concerning Indigenous Australians &/or Torres Strait Islanders. A selection of works will be exhibited in a venue to be confirmed.

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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 Indigenous Australians. 

Artists are invited to submit works with subject matter relevant to a personal or political subject concerning Indigenous Australians &/or Torres Strait Islanders. A selection of works will be exhibited in a venue to be confirmed.

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The LIPP Judges

Joshua Creamer

Joshua Creamer is a lawyer who specialises in class actions and native title. As he is Waanyi and Kalkadoon, he has a personal affinity and interest in protecting the rights of Indigenous groups. This is demonstrated by his appearance in the landmark class actions, Wotton v State of Queensland [2016] FCA 1457 (‘The Palm Island Case’) and Pearson v State of Queensland (No 2) [2020] FCA 619 (‘Stolen Wages Qld’). The first being Australia’s first and largest racial discrimination case and the latter the nation’s largest human rights case.

Bibi Barba

As an Aboriginal artist, Bibi Barba is inspired by her Grandmother’s storytelling and her love of the land. Barba’s colourful work captivates a sense of vivid storytelling by blending traditional indigenous design with contemporary and innovative colour combinations.

Speaking fondly about her childhood Bibi says, “Every Sunday night, we’d go to Nan’s for dinner, and she would tell us stories of her life. She would say, ‘you have to go back home. Go home and get the feeling for your country. Feel it. Paint it’.”

Martina Hazelbane

Martina Hazelbane is a proud Larrakia/Warai traditional owner from the Northern Territory and the Principal Consultant in her 100% indigenous owned consulting business ‘Stapleton Indigenous Consulting’ (SIC) She is also the proud founder and CEO of the ‘Indigenous Road Safety Academy’ (IRSA).

Martina is a fearless leader who prides herself on working cross culturally to achieve outcomes in the most difficult of circumstances especially in the areas of social justice and Indigenous empowerment.

Martina previously devoted fifteen years to a social justice career advocating for the rights of indigenous people across the Northern Territory whilst working in both leadership and management roles at the ‘North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency’ (NAAJA) as Practice Manager in their Darwin office and Office Manager in their Alice Springs office.

Martina is dedicated to making sure Aboriginal people had access to high quality culturally appropriate legal services and prided herself on her exceptional management, leadership, organisational, stakeholder engagement, mentoring, and cross-cultural skills.

Martina is a very well-regarded leader who leads her team by example and is a great mentor for younger Indigenous people.

Martina ensures Aboriginal people get the highest quality culturally appropriate service and over the years Martina has trained a large number of Aboriginal people. She is multi skilled and self-motivated and has an extensive understanding of Aboriginal culture

In 2019 she won the NATSILS – Attorney General’s national coveted female ‘National Trevor Christian Memorial Award’ in recognition of her substantial positive contributions to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community for female leadership in law.

Martina is proud to be the first appointed Indigenous Director on the ‘Carers NT’ board of directors. She is a passionate about ensuring all Aboriginal people caring for their loved ones, family members or friends receive culturally appropriate access to the necessary services to support their caring journey and are treated with dignity and respect they deserve.

She is also the first Indigenous Director at the ‘Brisbane Jazz Club’ where she enjoys making a positive contribution to the Brisbane jazz community through her love of Jazz music.

Douglas Campbell

Douglas Campbell QC is a Barrister based in QLD. His primary areas of practice include Civil & Human Rights & Discrimination law, Commercial Law, Personal Injury Law, Property Law and Trade Practices & Competition Law.

Mr Campbell has acted for a number of aboriginal communities including:

  • the Hope Vale and Wujal Wujal aboriginal communities in the mediation of the aboriginal underpayment of wages claims;
  • the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council in an administrative review application seeking a new grantee of the Hope Vale Deed of Grant of Land in Trust;
  • the Kowanyama and Aurukun Shire Councils in an administrative review relating to a liquor licence; and
  • a number of parties (including the Hopevale Aboriginal Shire Council) in a Federal Court application under the Judicial Review Act to set aside the registration of an ILUA at Hopevale.

Megan Krakouer

Megan Krakouer is both a lawyer and the Director of National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project. She has a long history of working alongside the most vulnerable and the Indigenous community. A highlight of her career is her contribution to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, for which Krakouer has now turned her focus to calling for a Royal Commission into Child Removals.

Tanya Neal

Director of Policy, Research and Engagement and is a part of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Incorporated in the NSW Government Education.

Educational leader and enthusiast.

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