C. J. DENNIS PRIZE 
FOR 
AUSTRALIAN POETRY
1985-2002

The year 2002 is the eighteenth year of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards which were established in 1985 to mark the centenary of the births of Vance and Nettie Palmer. The Palmers were distinguished writers and critics who made significant contributions to Victorian and Australian literary culture. The awards are designed to support contemporary Australian literature and the book industry. The awards are made for works published from May-April in the preceding year. The C. J. Dennis Prize is offered for a significant selection of new work by an Australian poet published in a book.

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2002 Robert Gray Afterimages
2001 John Mateer Barefoot Speach
2000 John Millett Iceman
1999 Gig Ryan Pure and Applied
1998 Coral Hull Broken Land
1997 Les Murray Subhuman Redneck Poems
1996 Peter Bakowski In the Human Night
1995 Bruce Beaver Anima and Other Poems
1994 Robert Gray Certain Things
1993 Les Murray Translations from the Natural World
1992 Robert Harris Jane, Interlinear and Other Poems
1991 Jennifer Maiden The Winter Baby
1990 Robert Adamson The Clean Dark
1989 Gwen Harwood Bone Scan
1988 Judith Beveridge The Domesticity of Giraffes
1987 Lily Brett The Auschwitz Poems
1986 Rhyll McMaster Washing the Money
1986 John A. Scott St. Clair
1985 Kevin Hart Your Shadow
1985 Rosemary Bobson The Three Fates

 
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