Prizes and Awards:
Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019:
Winners of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.
Inaugurated by the Australian Government in 1985 to honour Australian writing, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.
The award is comprised of six categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, writing for young adults, and the biennial Prize for Indigenous Writing – with the winner from each category receiving $25,000. There is also a Prize of $15,000 for an Unpublished Manuscript.
The winners of each category then go on to contest the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000, making the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards the single most valuable literary award in the country.
The winners for each category are as follows:
- The Victorian Prize for Literature, and the Prize for Non-Fiction: No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani (Picador Australia)
- The Prize for Fiction: The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida (Faber & Faber)
- The Prize for Drama: The Almighty Sometimes by Kendall Feaver (Currency Press, in association with Griffin Theatre Company)
- The Prize for Poetry: Tilt by Kate Lilley (Vagabond Press)
- The Prize for Writing for Young Adults: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen & Unwin)
- The Prize for Indigenous Writing: Taboo by Kim Scott (Picador Australia)
- The Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript: Kokomo by Victoria Hannan
- People’s Choice Award: Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)
Notably, Behrouz Boochani won the overall Victorian Prize for Literature for his non-fiction work No Friend But The Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison.
The International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist 2019
The longlist for The International Dylan Thomas 2019 Prize has been announced.
The Prize, run in partnership with Swansea University, is awarded to the best literary work in the English language written by an author aged 39 and under, with the winning author receiving £30,000 (approximately $54,000).
The longlist is as follows:
- Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
- Hold by Michael Donkor
- How the Light Gets In by Clare Fisher
- Folk by Zoe Gilbert
- Peach by Emma Glass
- In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne
- Trinity by Louisa Hall
- Melmoth by Sarah Perry
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
- Soho by Richard Scott
- House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
- Eye Level by Jenny Xie
The shortlist will be released at the start of April, with the winner being announced at a ceremony on Thursday the 16th of May. Find out more about the International Dylan Thomas Prize here.