Ends on August 2, 2019

About the prize

This award has been made possible by a generous gift to the University of Sydney by David Harold Tribe, author and humanist, to promote the writing of fiction in Australia. The award provides writers with funds that might enable them to further their education in the field of fiction, to continue to refine their work as creative writers, and to improve the general public's appreciation of Australian fiction. 

  • Closing date for submissions is 2 August 2019, 11.59pm (AEST)
  • The prize will be presented to the person with the best original work of fiction of literary merit, on any theme, between 3000 and 5000 words 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 judges for the 2019 award are Bernard Cohen, Mireille Juchau and Beth Yahp 
  • The winner will receive $12,000
  • The winning work will be published in Southerly
  • The winning entry will be announced on 8 November 2019


Please read and agree to the conditions of entry before submitting work


Conditions of Entry

  • This award is for an original, previously unpublished work of fiction between 3000 - 5000 words, completed not earlier than three years before the closing date by a person normally resident in Australia during the four years prior to the submission of the work of fiction
  • Only one entry per writer will be accepted
  • Entry is free
  • Previously published or prize-winning works of fiction will not be accepted
  • Entries must not be under consideration for other publications or awards
  • The writer must present the entry under their own name and not under a pseudonym 
  • The writer's name or any other identifying details are not to be included in the manuscript
  • The work should be submitted in one Word or PDF document, font 12 point at least, with page numbers
  • Entries will not be returned
  • Only electronic submissions via Submittable will be accepted
  • The  judges appointed by the university will short-list applications and select a winner 
  • The decision of the judges is final and no further correspondence will be entered into
  • Closing date for submissions is 2 August 2019, 11.59pm (AEST)
  • Late entries will not be considered

 For any further enquiries please email slam.rsvp@sydney.edu.au  (with David Tribe in the subject line)