Anne Casey



Author's Bio

Originally from the west of Ireland, Anne Casey is an award-winning Sydney-based poet and writer. Over a 25-year career, she has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, media communications director and legal author. Anne is Vice President of Voices of Women Incorporated, a not-for-profit literary and performance arts initiative; served as Senior Poetry Editor for 'Other Terrain' & 'Backstory' literary journals (Swinburne University) 2017-2020; is an editorial board adviser;  and regularly serves as a guest editor/literary curator. She is author of where the lost things go (Salmon Poetry 2017, 2nd ed 2018) and out of emptied cups (Salmon Poetry 2019). Her writing and poetry rank in The Irish Times newspaper’s Most-Read.

Anne has won or shortlisted for poetry prizes in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia – including the Women’s National Book Association Poetry Competition 2018 (USA); Hennessy New Irish Writing 2015 and 2017 (Ireland); Cúirt International Poetry Prize 2017 (Ireland); Overton Poetry Prize 2019 (UK); Bedford International Writing Competition 2018 (UK); and the 2018 Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland Literary Competition.

Her poems feature internationally in newspapers, magazines, journals, anthologies, broadcasts, podcasts, music albums, stage shows and art exhibitions – Quiddity, Entropy, The Irish Times, The Canberra Times, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, apt, The Murmur House, Papaya Press, Eureka Street, The Incubator, FourXFour (Poetry Northern Ireland), The Honest Ulsterman, Déraciné, The Stony Thursday Book, The Australian Poetry Collaboration, Into The Void Magazine, ROPES, Autonomy anthology, Westerly Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, Plumwood Mountain, Abridged, Verity La, The Monologue Adventure, the Poetry Pharmacy, The Poets’ Republic and Burning House Press among others.

Publications & Prizes

out of emptied cups (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2019)
where the lost things go (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2017)
Prizes won: 


  • Awarded 1st Place in the Into the Void Poetry Prize 2020  (Canada).
  • Awarded 1st Prize in the Published Fantasy Authors Competition 2020  (Australia). 
  • Awarded 3rd Prize in the Poetry Day Ireland Competition 2020  - Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Poetry Ireland and the Research Institute.
  • Awarded Honorable Mention in Crosswinds Poetry Contest 2020 (USA).
  • Commended in the Sutherland Shire Literary Competition 2020  (Australia).
  • Shortlisted for The Plough Prize 2019  (UK) - announced in April 2020.
  • Finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards 2019 - announced in June 2020.
  • Longlisted for The Fish Poetry Prize 2020  (Ireland).


  • Awarded 2nd Place and Highly Commended in the Planet in Peril Poetry Competition  (UK) - a joint initiative by Fly on the Wall Poetry Press; World Wildlife Fund; The Climate Coalition; Dr Michelle Cain (Oxford University); former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, Helen Mort; and wildlife photographer, Emily Gellard.
  • Awarded 3rd Prize in the  Proverse International Poetry Prize 2019  (Hong Kong).
  • Finalist and Commended in the  25th Annual Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition  (Australia).
  • Shortlisted for the  ACU Prize for Poetry  (Australia).
  • Shortlisted for the Overton Poetry Prize 2018  (UK) - announced in March 2019.
  •  Shortlisted for the Allingham Poetry Competition 2019 ​ (Ireland).
  • Shortlisted for the Galway University Hospital Arts Trust Annual 'Poems for Patience' Competition 2019  (Ireland).
  •  Shortlisted and awarded Special Mention in The Aryamati Poetry Prize 2019  (UK).
  • Shortlisted for the Bestiary of the Night Poetry Competition- Hedgehog Press (UK).
  • Shortlisted for the Bangor Forty Words Competition 2019 (Northern Ireland).
  • Longlisted for Best Australian Science Writing 2019.


  • Awarded 1st Prize in 2018 Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition - Fellowship of Australian Writers, Lake Macquarie, NSW (Australia).
  • Awarded 1st Prize in the  Henry Lawson Verse & Short Story Competition 2018  - Traditional Verse (Australia).
  • Awarded 3rd Place in the Women’s National Book Association Poetry Competition 2018  (USA).
  • Awarded Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland Literary Competition 2018.
  • Longlisted for the 2018 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize  (Australia).
  • Awarded Honorable Mention in the 45th New Millennium Writing Awards 2018  (USA).
  • Longlisted for the Bedford International Writing Competition 2018 (UK).
  • Finalist in the SLS 2018 Fiction & Poetry Contest  (Canada).
  • ​Commended in the Bangor Forty Words Competition 2018 (Northern Ireland).
  • ​'Poem of the Week' on HeadStuff  arts hub - 18 May 2018 (Ireland).
  • Commended in the Roscommon County Library Poetry Competition 2018  (Ireland).


  • Won the Glen Phillips Novice Writer Award 2017  (Australia).
  • Shortlisted for the Bedford International Writing Competition 2017  (UK).
  • Shortlisted for Hennessy New Irish Writing  (Ireland).
  • Shortlisted for the Cúirt International Poetry Prize 2017  (Ireland).
  • Shortlisted for the Eyewear Books Poetry Prize  (UK).


  • Shortlisted for the Bangor Annual Poetry Competition 2016(Northern Ireland).


  • Shortlisted for Hennessy New Irish Writing  (Ireland).


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Last update: Jul 03, 2020