Success in Newcastle Poetry Prize

La Trobe PhD student Ms Karina Quinn has won second prize in the prestigious Newcastle Poetry Prize for her poem ‘Always Going Home’.

Karina Quinn, Newcastle Poetry Prize 2013, image credit Peter BowerMs Quinn, a PhD student in the Department of Arts and Critical Enquiry at La Trobe University, has won $5000 in one of Australia’s oldest and most distinguished literary prizes.

There were a record number of entries submitted to this year’s Newcastle Poetry Prize, which offers $20,250 in total prize money.

Associate Professor Sue Martin, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, said that the University is extremely proud of Ms Quinn’s achievement in this distinguished competition.

‘Karina’s PhD thesis is largely written in prose, rather than poetry, so it’s wonderful to think that poetry of this calibre has been additional fruit of the nurturing and productive postgraduate environment here at La Trobe,’ Dr Martin said.

Ms Quinn says she is honoured to be recognised alongside winner Jennifer Compton and third place Mark Treddinick, who she describes as ‘two of Australia’s most respected contemporary poets currently writing’.

‘I’m incredibly grateful to have had the support of the University in pursuing my creative writing, research and poetry over the last few years,’ Ms Quinn said.

Ms Quinn is also co-founder of the interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal Writing from Below, which will launch its second edition later this year. The journal provides a space for writers in all disciplines to explore issues of sexuality, gender and diversity.

The 2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology is available for purchase online. 

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Image credit: Peter Bower, Hunter Writers Centre