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Awards and prizes

Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

As an Australian poet, your contribution shapes our culture. None believed this more so than the late Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary poets. Professor Dawe believed that universities should support the study of literature and promote the Arts in Australian society. His passion was turned to action when he chose to sponsor this prominent literary prize.

On behalf of the late Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO, Professor Lara Lamb (Acting Head of School and Dean, Humanities and Communication) and Professor Laurie Johnson (Chair, Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize Judging Panel) please join us in congratulating the 2023 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize winner:

Tug Dumbly

for the poem



Further congratulations to the highly commended entries, Kim Pham, for the poem Amygdala hijack, and Riley Faulds for the poem The Moon, Domesticated.

View the Winning Entries here


David Kilmartin Memorial Literary Award

For a student in the Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature whose academic achievement over the program has been of the highest order.

Prize: $200
Generously pledged by Cecelia Kilmartin

Keith Willey Award for Journalism

This annual journalism award named in honour of the late Keith Willey, a former lecturer in Journalism at UniSQ is awarded to the student who has completed two years equivalent full time study in Journalism, has Journalism as a first major, and has the highest GPA.

Prize: $500
Generously pledged by the Willey family

Maurice French History Prize

This prize is awarded to a high achieving graduating student who has majored in History and has enrolled in the History Honours program. Student disadvantage may be taken into account when awarding the prize.

Prize: $500
Generously donated by UniSQ Professor Maurice French AM

Public Relations Institute of Australia Prize 

For the best graduating full-time Public Relations major student. Eligible students must be Australian citizens.

Prize: Membership to PRIA for one (1) year
Generously donated by the Public Relations Institute of Australia.