The 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary awards shortlists have been announced.
The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The Awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.
Fiction – $25,000 The Prize for Fiction
Non-fiction – $25,000 The Prize for Non-fiction
Poetry – $25,000 The Prize for Poetry
Drama – $25,000 The Prize for Drama
Young Adult – $25,000 The Prize for Writing for Young Adults
The winners of these five categories will contest the Victorian Prize for Literature – worth $100,000.The shortlisted titles are:
Only the Animals (Ceridwen Dovey, Penguin)
Golden Boys (Sonya Hartnett, Penguin)
The Snow Kimono (Mark Henshaw, Text)
Demons (Wayne Macauley, Text)
N (John A Scott, Brandl & Schlesinger)
To Name Those Lost (Rohan Wilson, A&U)
The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation (Alan Atkinson, NewSouth)
Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen (Erik Jensen, Black Inc.)
Darwin (Tess Lea, NewSouth)
Where Song Began (Tim Low, Penguin)
The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama (Julie Szego, Wild Dingo Press)
The Bush (Don Watson, Penguin)
Bed for All Who Come (Susan Bradley Smith, Five Islands Press)
The Beautiful Anxiety (Jill Jones, Puncher & Wattman)
Radiance (Andy Kissane, Punchman & Wattman)
Razorhurst (Justine Larbalestier, A&U)
The Cracks in the Kingdom (Jaclyn Moriarty, Pan Macmillan)
The Protected (Claire Zorn, UQP)
Resplendence (Angus Cerini)
Mayakovsky (Alison Croggon)
The Long Way Home (Daniel Keene).
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 28 January 2015. The winner of each category is awarded $25,000 and goes into the running for the Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Jennifer Maiden was awarded the 2014 Victorian Prize for Literature for Liquid Nitrogen (Giramondo).
For more information about the awards, visit the Wheeler Centre