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Applications for the 2018 David Harold Tribe Poetry Award are now open

16 August 2018
Offering a cash prize of $12,000 for best original poem
The award provides poets with funds that might enable them to further their education in the field of poetry, to continue to refine their work as poets, and to improve the general public's appreciation of Australian poetry.

The Department of English is pleased to announce that the award under the David Harold Tribe Poetry Bequest will be made in 2018. 

This award has been made possible by a generous gift to the university by David Harold Tribe, author and humanist, to promote the writing of poetry in Australia. 

The bequest offers a cash prize of $12,000 for the best original poem of up to 100 lines submitted to the Department of English, provided that the judging panel is of the opinion that the work is of sufficient merit to warrant the award being made. The winning poem will be published in Southerly.

The judges for this year's award are eminent poets Kate Lilley, Pam Brown and Keri Glastonbury.

Submit an entry here.

Applications close midnight on Sunday 14 October 2018.

For any further enquiries please email (with David Tribe in the subject line):

Entry requirements

  • An original, previously unpublished poem 
  • Up to 100 lines
  • Completed not earlier than three years before the closing date 
  • Entrants must Australia residents for a minimum of four years
  • Only one entry per poet will be accepted
  • Entry is free
  • Previously published or prize-winning poems will not be accepted
  • Entries must not be under consideration for publication 
  • The poet must present the entry under his/her own name (not under a pseudonym)
  • Only electronic submissions via Submittable will be accepted 



Please include David Tribe in the subject line.