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2023 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Creative Australia has today announced the 2023 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding literary talents of established and emerging Australian writers, illustrators, poets, and historians. The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards acknowledge the contribution of Australian literature to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life. This is the first year that the

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Booker Prize 2023 Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2023 Booker Prize has been announced. The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$95,756) prize are: Study for Obedience (Sarah Bernstein, Granta) If I Survive You (Jonathan Escoffery, Fourth Estate) This Other Eden (Paul Harding, Hutchinson Heinemann) Prophet Song (Paul Lynch, Oneworld) Western Lane (Chetna Maroo, Picador) The Bee Sting (Paul Murray, Hamish Hamilton). The shortlist features

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Award Winners 2023

Award Winners for 2023. Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners of the 2023 Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. The winning title in the debut book category is Dirt Town (Hayley Scrivenor, Macmillan) *   The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the winners of the 2023 Ned Kelly Awards.

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2023 National Biography Award

Ann-Marie Priest has won the 2023 National Biography Award for My Tongue Is My Own: A life of Gwen Harwood (La Trobe University Press). Ann-Marie Priest has captured completely the sprite-like nature of one of Australia’s finest poets; a woman who used a fierce intellect and penchant for trickery to upend dusty institutions that steadfastly refused to

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Ned Kelly Awards 2023

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlisted titles for the 2023 Ned Kelly Awards.  The shortlists for two of the categories include the following titles: Best debut crime fiction Wake (Shelley Burr, Hachette) The House of Now and Then (Jo Dixon, HarperCollins) How to Kill a Client (Joanna Jenkins, A&U) * Lenny Marks Gets Away with

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2023 Furphy Literary Award

WINNER OF 2023 FURPHY LITERARY AWARD ANNOUNCED Congratulations to this year’s winner Jen Rewell for her uplifting and offbeat love story ‘Away to Me’. Jen was presented with a cheque for $15,000 at the award ceremony. Along with the cash prize, Jen’s story will anchor the 2023 Furphy Anthology and she will be invited to a residency at La Trobe University to work on her writing.

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Davitt Awards 2023 – shortlists

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the shortlists for the 2023 Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted titles in two of the categories are: Adult novel Release (Lucy Christopher, Text) When We Fall (Aoife Clifford, Ultimo) Stone Town (Margaret Hickey, Penguin) All That’s Left Unsaid (Tracey Lien, HQ Fiction) The Torrent (Dinuka McKenzie, HarperCollin) The Unbelieved (Vikki

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Award News

The longlist for the Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award, which has increased in value to $30,000 and is administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS) at James Cook University, has been announced. The 15 longlisted titles, chosen from 225 entries, include: Dirt Town (Hayley Scrivenor, Macmillan). Click here to read the QRC review.

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CWA New Blood Dagger winner

Crime Writers Association winner Hayley Scrivenor’s Dirt Town (Macmillan) has won the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for debut fiction in the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) 2023 Dagger Awards. CWA judges described Scrivenor’s crime novel—which centres on a missing child case in a rural Australian town—as a ‘haunting mystery.’ Two other Australian authors were on the

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WA Premier’s Book Awards

The winners of the 2023 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. Chosen from shortlists announced in May, the winners include: The Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship ($60,000) Tracy Ryan Premier’s Prize for Book of the Year ($15,000) The Red Witch: A biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard (Nathan Hobby, MUP) The Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer ($15,000) Banjawarn (Josh Kemp, UWAP)

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The Australian/Vogel’s Award for Young Writers

Winner – The Australian / Vogel’s Awards for Young Writers Anna McGahan’s Immaculate is the 2023 winner of The Australian / Vogel’s Award for Young Writers that has launched the careers of over a hundred Australian authors, including Anna’s uncle, beloved Australian novelist Andrew McGahan. The award is one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious

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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023

Women’s Prize for Fiction US author Barbara Kingsolver has won the 2023 Women’s Prize for fiction, worth £30,000 (A$56,000), for her 10th novel, Demon Copperhead (Faber). Kingsolver is the first writer to have won the award twice, after previously winning in 2010 with her novel The Lacuna (Faber). Demon Copperhead is a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, set in the Appalachian

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Aurealis Awards 2022

The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. The Aurealis Awards are intended to complement the Annual Australian National Science Fiction Convention’s Ditmar Awards and the Australian Children’s Book Council Awards and the various other state-based and national literary awards. Among the winning categories

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ABIA Award Winners 2023

ABIA Award Winners 2023 The winners of the 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced.  Nagi Maehashi’s RecipeTin Eats: Dinner (Macmillan) took out illustrated book of the year and the overall book of the year prizes.   The ABIA winners in selected categories chosen from shortlists for the book awards are:  ABIA book of the year  RecipeTin

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ABIA Awards 2023 – Tim Winton

ABIA 2023 – Lloyd O’Neil Award Tim Winton will receive the Lloyd O’Neil Award, which honours outstanding service to the Australian book industry by a member from within its ranks. Winton has published 29 books for adults and younger readers over his 40-year literary career, with his work translated into 28 different languages. He has

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