David Harold Tribe Fiction Award open for applications

14 August 2014

The $12,000 prize will be given to the best piece of short fiction.
The $12,000 prize will be given to the best piece of short fiction.

The Department of English at the University of Sydney is pleased to be hosting the David Harold Tribe Fiction Award for short works of literature, which is now open for submissions.

The Award is designed to encourage fiction writing, and promote interest in Australian fiction generally, and is open to writers nationwide. Prize money of $12,000 will be awarded to a fictional piece, making it one of the most generous short story prizes in Australia.

The award will be made for the best work of fiction between 3000-3500 words, and the winner will be selected by an expert judging panel, made up of Associate Professor Kate Lilley, Director of Creative Writing, leading Australian novelist Fiona McFarlane, and author and literary journalist, Ed Wright.

The deadline for submissions is 3 October 2014, and the winner will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by the Department of English in mid-November.

This award has been made possible by a donation from David Harold Tribe through the David Harold Tribe Charitable Foundation. The Fiction Award forms part of a comprehensive awards program that supports a diverse range of 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 to inspire ingenuity in artistic fields that are often overlooked when it comes to charitable support.

This is the second David Harold Tribe Fiction Award, the first of which was awarded to Patrick Mountford in 2009 for his short story Theobald, Tailor.

David Harold Tribe, who has been a poet since his school days, believes that the writing of fiction should be rewarded.

"I think that fiction is an important feature of the human experience. I think it is a way in which we can create something out of what is mundane and turn it into something that is meaningful," said Tribe.

"I'm very grateful to the University of Sydney for conducting the awards and giving the awards.

"People have a great yearning for stories. When all is said and done, stories are one of the earliest features of the human race. All of the fables and the mythology of the past are based on stories of imagination. There has always been a real hunger for them, for people to gather around the campfire or in a drawing room or in a lecture theatre in an eagerness to find out what happens. I like that this tradition remains in the modern age and I'd like to encourage people to continue telling really good stories," he said.

Please visit the School of Letters, Art and Media website for an application form and for terms and conditions.

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