Prize categories:




Highly Commended


“It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.”

Donna Haraway, Staying with the trouble: Making kin in the Chthulucene


UQ Union invite students of all discipline, to engage in resurgent world-building through poetic story-telling. We seek poets that refuse to bend their knees towards the world as it is. We seek poems that foreshadow futures yet imagined, stories that can carry us another step further out of affliction.


I am:

A brushstroke of error,

A tiny coloured dot

On the canvas of pure whiteness.

Barely perceptible and hypervisible.


What could happen,

When I refuse to be comprehended?

The white paint begins to peel,

What vivid colours lies beneath?


Whose power have shaped my body, dictated my speech, and categorised my existence? We invite you to overwrite these stories and reclaim your own past, present and future. When your blood boils at the sight of injustices, when your blood departure from your body at the taste of grief, let the inks pour, all over the pages.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Story-telling: What’s a story or an experience that’s significant to you and how you come to know yourself? How does this story compare to societal narratives?
  • Relationality: What are some indispensable characters to our stories who are unacknowledged? How can we form of flourishing relations with them and what could it look like?
  • Framing: In the articulations of socio-political issues by dominant institutions, what types of experiences, and whose voices are being excluded? How could we acknowledge them in our everyday practices?
  • Intersectionality: How does the hegemonic structure combine to amplify and create new dimensions of oppression/subjugation? How is this complex, intertwined network of power experienced?
  • Grief: How does experiences of grief transform individuals and their worldviews? What are the multitude of ways in which we may respond to such experiences?
  • Chauvinism: How can we deconstruct practices that replicates chauvinistic beliefs, to ultimately generate new kinds of relationships between individuals.


Each writer may submit up to 3 poems.

Visual/Video poetry welcome. Innovations encouraged!

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