Every year, Trinity College sponsors the Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for young Indigenous writers. Congratulations to Grace Lucas-Pennington for taking out this year's prize.
The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize recognises the talents of Indigenous writers under 30 years of age from across Australia. The prize alternates between fiction and poetry each year, and in 2020, the prize was awarded to the best poem (up to 88 lines).
Congratulations to Grace Lucas-Pennington who took out the top prize for her poem Superposition, which she says borrows concepts from quantum physics to explore current, and at times competing, narratives about this continent’s history.
Grace is a Bundjalung/European person living on Yugurapul land. She grew up mostly between Bundjalung country on the New South Wales north coast and the greater Logan/Brisbane area. Grace is the editor of the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! project.
Grace won $5000, publication in Overland’s print magazine, and a three-month writing residency at Trinity College.
Congratulations too to runners-up Jazz Money, for her piece sweet smoke and Tais Rose, for her poem From a Place, Unknown.