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David Harold Tribe Poetry Award open for submissions



8 July 2013

The Department of English is pleased to be hosting the David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, which is now open for submissions.

The Award is designed to encourage the writing of and appreciation for poetry in Australia, and is open to poets across the nation. The prize money of $12,000 makes it one of the most generous poetry prizes in Australia.

The award will be made for the best original poem of up to 100 lines, and the winner will be selected by an expert judging panel, which is made up of Dr Peter Minter (poet, poetry editor at Overland, senior lecturer at University of Sydney), Sarah Day (poet and poetry editor for Island Magazine) and Geoff Page (poet and former poetry critic for The Canberra Times).

The deadline for submissions is 13th September 2013, and the winner will be announced at the Department of English's Creative Writing Soirée in mid-November.

This award has been made possible by a donation from David Harold Tribe through the David Harold Tribe Charitable Foundation. The Poetry Award forms part of an awards program that supports a number of different cultural pursuits at the University of Sydney. The program offers five prizes worth $12,000 each in the areas of fiction, poetry, philosophy, sculpture and symphony. These categories rotate each year.

This is the second David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, the first of which was awarded to John Bennett in 2008 for his poem Kitchen Music.

David Harold Tribe, himself a poet since his school days, says of the award "I believe that poetry is worth celebrating, and I'm very excited about giving poets the opportunity to submit their work without having the stress of finding an entry fee. I feel that my award of $12,000 could be a life-changing sum of money for some poets."

"It is my hope that the award enables poets to begin their literary career with confidence and/or encourages them to use the money to travel overseas, increasing their awareness of the world, which I feel builds a strong foundation and is very important."

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