ABOUT THE JOANNE BURNS AWARD
Since 2011, Spineless Wonders has auspiced an award for the best writing in the forms of prose poem and microfiction in honour of foremost Australian experimental poet, joanne burns. Finalists chosen by each year’s judging panel are offered publication in our annual anthology alongside invited writers. The award is open to people residing in Australia and to Australians living overseas.
Read below to find out about previous joanne burns Awards winners, finalists and the microlit anthologies. Check the Opportunities tab to find out about this current year’s award.
In 2016, the joanne burns Microlit Award was co-hosted by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival. The National category of the award was judged by Cassandra Atherton who selected Tim Heffernan’s ‘Barunga Conversation’ as the winning entry. The Hunter category of the joanne burns Award was judged by Joanna Atherfold Finn and Karen Whitelaw who selected Dael Allison’s ‘Breakwater’ as the winning entry. Both winners and finalists from both categories were published, alongside invited contributors, in Landmarks.
The 2015 joanne burns Award was judged by Kirsten Tranter who selected Nick Couldwell’s ‘Dancing’ as the winning entry. Runners up were Tim Heffernan for ‘Butterflies in Iraq’ and Matthew Gabriel for ‘jesussaves82’. All three pieces, along with those of other finalists and invited contributors are published in Out of Place edited by Kirsten Tranter and Linda Godfrey.
In 2014, The joanne burns Award was judged by Angela Meyer and Richard Holt who selected Susan McCreery’s ‘Hold Up’ as the winning entry and Kirsten Tranter’s ‘Turing Test Study Guide’and Mark Smith’s ‘The Meteorologist’s Daughter’ as runners up. All three pieces, along with those of other finalists are published in Flashing the Square, edited by Linda Godfrey and Bronwyn Mehan.
The 2013 joanne burns Award was judged by Shady Cosgrove who selected Mark Smith’s ‘10.42 to Sydenham’ as the winning The joanne burns Award entry and Hilary Hewitt’s ‘happy’ and Mark Robert’s ‘cities that are not Dublin’ as runners-up. All three pieces, along with those of other finalists appear in Writing to the Edge, edited by Linda Godfrey and Ali Jane Smith.
The 2012 joanne burns Award was judged by Carol Jenkins who selected Mark O’Flynn’s ’under the maw of luna park’ as the winning entry and commended Richard Holt’s ‘bush burial’, Trina Denner’s ‘playing outside’, Stu Hatton’s ‘down south’ and Paul Mitchell’s ‘The Old Man and the Pool’. The winner and finalists all appear in Stoned Crows & other Australian Icons, edited by Julie Chevalier and Linda Godfrey.
The inaugural 2011 joanne burns Award was judged by joanne burns who selected Charles D’Anastasi’s ‘Madame Bovary’ as the winning entry and commended Erin Gough’s ‘William Shatner vows to save the Great Basin Pocket Mouse’ and Clare McHugh’s ‘Briefly’. All three pieces, along with those of other finalists appear in small wonder, edited by Linda Godfrey and Julie Chevalier.
ABOUT JOANNE BURNS
joanne burns grew up in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. She worked as an English teacher in New South Wales, and for a time in London. She has taught creative writing in tertiary institutions, schools and community organisations. Her first collection of poems, Snatch, was published in London in 1972. Since then she has published more than a dozen further books of poetry.
Her poems have appeared in numerous Australian literary journals, poetry magazines and have been set for study on the Higher School Certificate syllabus. joanne has been particularly concerned with the blurring of the distinctions between poetry and prose in her work, and has written extensively in prose poem/ microfiction forms. She has also written monologues and short futurist fictions and ‘farables’ (fables/ parables).
Her latest collection, brush (published by Giramondo Poets in 2014) was awarded the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.