Poet and Novelist



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Philip Salom has performed as a guest poet and speaker in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Republics of Macedonia and Serbia, Singapore and New Zealand. His works have won the following prizes:


Commonwealth Poetry Prize (British Airways / Commonwealth Institute London) for Overall Best Book of Poetry in the British Commonwealth in 1987 – Sky Poems

Commonwealth Poetry Prize (as above) for Best First Book in 1981 – The Silent Piano

WA Literary Award for Poetry (Now Premiers Prize for Poetryin 1984 - The Projectionist

WA Literary Award for Poetry (Now Premiers Prize for Poetry) in 1987 - Sky Poems

WA Premiers Prize for Fiction in 1992 – Playback

South Australian Literary Award for Poetry in 1984 - official second prize– The Projectionist

The Age Book of the Year in 1987 – only poetry book shortlisted - Sky Poems

The Barbara Ramsden Award in 1987 - Highly Commended - Sky Poems

Anne Elder Prize for Best First Book of Poetry – second prize – The Silent Piano

Sydney Morning Herald Best Books of the Year 2005 - The Well Mouth

Adelaide Review Best Books of the Year 2006 - The Well Mouth

Miles Franklin Award for Literature 2017 - Shorlisted - Waiting

Prime Minister's Award for Literature 2017 - Finalist - Waiting

Victorian Premier's Prize 2016 - Shortlisted - Waiting

Other Shortlisting: Victorian Premiers Prize, NBC Banjo Awards, John Bray (SA) Poetry Prize, Blake Poetry Prize, Mattara Poetry Prize 


In 2003 the Christopher Brennan Award went to Philip Salom.

One of the most gratifying of all awards, this one reminds us of the great Christopher Brennan and acknowledges one poet annually for their entire body of work up to that point. The wording indicates that it is a lifetime award for poetry " of sustained quality and distinction". What is also pleasing about receiving the award is knowing it has been awarded precisely as stated, except in a very few cases as acknowledgement of services to poetry (not stated as such but logical).


Newcastle Poetry Prize for "Preservation: Things in Glass", later published in A Cretive Life.

Newcastle Poetry Prize for "Elegy For My Father", later published in New and Selected Poems.

Australia - New Zealand Literary Exchange Fellowship

            - a month-long reading and speaking tour of the major cities of New Zealand

Senior Fellowships and Grants from the Australia Council - Literature

Inaugural Winner of BR Whiting Residency in Rome

Percival Serle Bequest  for Toccata, best MA in the English Department of Melbourne University