Paradise Anthology

Les Murray at the St Kilda Public Library

Rebecca Barnard & Sarah Carroll

Carmel Shute, Tara Moss, Michael Crane

About Us/Mission Statement

Poetry Idol is different to a Poetry Slam which is based on performance. For more information about Poetry Idol please see this year's guidelines.

We are seeking poems that work on the page and the stage.

Michael Crane is the producer of Poetry Idol and the compere. He organised Poetry Slams in various venues in Melbourne include the Esplanade Hotel, the Lounge and the Prince of Wales hotel from 1991-2000 culminating in the 2000 Age Melbourne Writers Festival Poetry Slam held at the Malthouse Theatre.

Three members of the audience were randomly chosen from the audience to score each poet out of ten to select the winner.

Poetry Idol was established in 2007 as part of the Age Melbourne Writers Festival and in 2007/2008 offered book publication to the winner. All finalists were published in the Paradise Anthology.

Emerging poets must have 20 individual poems published in magazines like the Paradise Anthology to be eligible for grants for the Australia Council.

In the 2007/2008 series of Poetry Idol 4 poets per heat were selected by our esteemed judges Odette Snellen and Sally Mcphee ( see bios) to perform at the final held as part of the prestigious Melbourne Writers Festival which normally doesn't feature emerging poets. The 2008 Final of Poetry Idol held at the festival at Federation Square attracted almost 400 people.

In 2009 the judging process for Poetry Idol has changed see guidelines:

There are strict time limits for the heats and the finals and we will endeavour in 2009 to pursue longer readings for selected poets after the 2009 Poetry Idol final has been run but at this stage ask all poets to enter poetry Idol to adhere to the guidelines and time limits.

The organisers and committee of Poetry Idol do not receive a wage for Poetry Idol or the Paradise Anthology and do not have regular office resources.

The Paradise Anthology will be published in association with the Victorian Writers Centre and supported by the R.E. Ross Trust, City of Port Phillip and Salon Productions Australia. This project will be managed by writer Michael Crane.

The Victorian Writers Centre website is

The Paradise Anthology is supported by the Victorian Writers Centre, the City of Port Phillip Cultural Fund and Salon Productions Australia.