Australian Catholic University has named Canberra-based poet Geoff Page the winner of the 2020 ACU Prize for Poetry, awarding him $10,000 for his entry Jericho.
His winning poem was selected ahead of Footprints by Fiona Lynch from Elwood, Victoria ($5,000 second prize) and Atlas Carried the World by Damen O’Brien from Wynnum, Queensland ($3,000 third prize).
It is not the first time Geoff Page has been a finalist in the awards; he took out second prize in 2019 and first prize in 2017. Judging for the competition is completed in a blind format to ensure impartiality.
Australian Catholic University vice-chancellor and president Professor Greg Craven, along with the judge of the 2020 ACU Prize for Poetry Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe, announced the winners via a short video presentation.
The video also features the three winners of the 2020 ACU Prize for Poetry reading their poems.
More than 500 poems were submitted, with entries from every state and territory across Australia. The winner was chosen from a shortlist of 45 poems.
Professor Wallace-Crabbe singled out Mr Page’s poem for its richly-coloured response to this year’s theme, which was “Generosity”.
“It was a delight for me to read the verse that rolled in for this year’s ACU Poetry Prize. Poetry can speak to us all, but in many creative hats and guises. This art gives us its message at the very same time as it delivers the music and magic of our language. Such is its generosity,” Professor Wallace-Crabbe said.