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School of Literature, Art and Media

Exploring the full spectrum of human expression and creativity
We make sense of how people see the world and express themselves. Our enquiry extends across time and culture, and the literary, verbal, visual, digital and performative modes humans use to create and communicate.

We combine scholarly and creative disciplines to form one of Australia's most active departments of the arts and humanities. Our multidisciplinary nature fosters a vibrant culture that values diversity of thought, rigorous analysis and the creative process.

With nationally and internationally recognised research strengths in literary studies, visual arts, Indigenous studies, linguistics, communication and media practice, we embrace opportunities for interdisciplinary work and innovate in applying digital technology to the humanities. 

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We offer one of the largest internship programs in the university, giving students the opportunity to enhance their academic studies by engaging with professional organisations and practitioners. Placements are available in Sydney and overseas, with affiliated galleries, media outlets, public relations firms and theatre companies. Learn more about our internships and placements.

Prizes open to the public

The David Harold Tribe Fiction Prize has been made possible by a generous gift to the university by David Harold Tribe, author and humanist, to promote interest in Australian fiction and to encourage the writing of fiction in Australia.

The prize of $12,000 is for an original unpublished work of fiction on any theme, between 3000–5000 words in length. The prize is open to anyone normally resident in Australia.

Entries for 2019 are now closed. The winning entry will be announced on 8 November 2019. The prize will be awarded again in 2024.

The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award is open to Australian women poets over the age of 18, for an unpublished full-length poetry manuscript of 50-80 pages. The winner will receive $7000 and publication of their manuscript with Vagabond Press.

Entries for 2019 are now closed. The winning entry will be announced on 8 November 2019. The prize will be awarded again in 2021.

The winning entries for both prizes will be announced on Wednesday, 4 December 2019, in a ceremony at the University of Sydney.

Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award 

From an absolutely stellar field of 120 manuscripts by Australian women poets this year’s judges Kate Lilley, Pam Brown and Fiona Hile selected a shortlist of five:

  • Melinda Bufton, Moxie
  • Jen Crawford, A General Image of the Whole Countryside Recovering from the Effects of Winter
  • Emily Crocker, In the Drink
  • Emily Stewart, The song of the year
  • Ann Vickery, The Antagonist’s Care Pack

David Harold Tribe Fiction Prize

From 280 submissions the judges Beth Yahp, Bernard Cohen and Mireille Juchau selected a shortlist of five:

  • Claire Aman, If there are Zebra Finches
  • Jack Bastock, How to read your dreams
  • Katherine Brabon, The Pool
  • Paige Clark, She is haunted
  • Peter Newall, Cherry Vareniki

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Head of School

Professor Umberto Ansaldo

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