David Harold Tribe poetry winner announced

13 November 2013

David Harold Tribe
Winner of the 2013 David Harold Tribe Award, Jakob Ziguras (Left) with benefactor David Harold Tribe (Right).

Wentworth Falls-based writer Jakob Ziguras has won the 2013 David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, taking home one of Australia's most generous prizes for poetry.

The emerging poet received the $12,000 award for his original work, Vanity Fair, judged the best original poem of up to 100 lines from dozens of entries submitted by poets across Australia.

The award was bestowed at a creative writing soirée at the University of Sydney on Monday night, with benefactor David Harold Tribe in attendance. Four other poems were shortlisted for the prize.

Ziguras, whose debut poetry collection Chains of Snow (Pitt Street Poetry) was published in September, said he is now eager to turn his attention to a new creative project.

"Winning the David Harold Tribe Poetry Award will provide me with the free time and financial resources to work in a dedicated way on my second collection, which is already in progress. It will also allow me to travel to Europe to conduct research for the new book, something I could not have done otherwise," he said.

This is the second David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, with the first awarded to John Bennett in 2008 for his poem Kitchen Music. 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 year judges included: Dr Peter Minter (poet, poetry editor at Overland, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney), Sarah Day (poet and poetry editor for Island Magazine) and Geoff Page (poet and former poetry critic for The Canberra Times).

David Harold Tribe said 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."

The David Harold Tribe Poetry Award is hosted by the Department of English at the University of Sydney. The award encourages poetry writing and appreciation in Australia, and is made possible through a generous donation from David Harold Tribe through the David Harold Tribe Charitable Foundation.

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