Literary awards and news

We like to keep up to date with literary longlists, shortlists, and awards, and to keep track of news that might interest our readers.

2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlist

Fiction:
A Long Way from Home (Peter Carey)
Border Districts (Gerald Murnane)
First Person (Richard Flanagan)
Taboo (Kim Scott)
The Life to Come (Michelle de Kretser)

Poetry:
Archipelago (Adam Aitken)
Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria (Brian Castro)
Chatelaine (Bonny Cassidy)
Domestic Interior (Fiona Wright)
Transparencies (Stephen Edgar)

Australian History:
Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians (Jayne Persian)
Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney (Paul Irish)
Indigenous and Other Australians Since 1901 (Timothy Rowse)
John Curtin’s War (John Edwards)
The Enigmatic Mr Deakin (Judith Brett)

Non-Fiction:
Asia’s Reckoning (Richard McGregor)
Mischka’s War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s (Sheila Fitzpatrick)
No Front Line: Australia’s Special Forces at War in Afghanistan (Chris Masters)
The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders (Stuart Kells)
Unbreakable (Jelena Dokic & Jessica Halloran)

Children’s Fiction:
Feathers (Phil Cummings & Phil Lesnie)
Figgy Takes the City (Tamsin Janu)
Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! (Lisa Shanahan & Binny Talib)
Pea Pod Lullaby (Glenda Millard & Stephen Michael King)
Storm Whale (Sarah Brennan & Jane Tanner)

Young Adult Fiction:
Living on Hope Street (Demet Divaroren)
My Lovely Frankie (Judith Clarke)
Ruben (Bruce Whatley)
The Ones that Disappeared (Zana Fraillon)
This is My Song (Richard Yaxley)

For further details, click here.


2018 Man Booker Prize

Winner: Milkman (Anna Burns)
Washington Black (Esi Edugyan)
Everything Under (Daisy Johnson)
The Mars Room (Rachel Kushner)
The Overstory (Richard Powers)
The Long Take (Robin Robertson)

For more information, visit the Man Booker website.


2018 Miles Franklin Prize

Winner: The Life to Come (Michelle de Kretser)
No More Boats (Felicity Castagna)
The Last Garden
(Eva Hornung)
Storyland (Catherine McKinnon)
Border Districts (Gerald Murnane)
Taboo (Kim Scott)

For more information, visit The Miles Franklin website.


2018 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

Older Readers:
Winner: Take Three Girls (Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell)
Honour Books: Mallee Boys (Charlie Archbold)
In the Dark Spaces (Cally Black)

Younger Readers:
Winner: How to Bee (Bren MacDibble)
Honour Books: Marsh and Me (Martine Murray)
Henrietta and the Perfect Night
(Martine Murray)

Early Childhood:
Winner: Rodney Loses It (Michael Gerard Bauer, ill. Chrissie Krebs)
Honour Books: The Very Noisy Baby (Alison Lester)
Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! (Lisa Shanahan, ill. Binny)

Picture Book:
Winner: A Walk in the Bush (Gwyn Perkins)
Honour Books: The Great Rabbit Chase (Freya Blackwood)
Mopoke (Philip Bunting)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books:
Winner: Do Not Lick This Book (Idan Ben-Barak, ill. Julian Frost)
Honour Books: Left & Right (Lorna Hendry)
Koala (Claire Saxby, ill. Julie Vivas)

Crichton Award for New Illustrators:
Winner: Tintinnabula (Rovina Cai)

For more information, visit the CBCA website.


Golden Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Winner: The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
In a Free State (V S Naipaul)
Moon Tiger (Penelope Lively)
Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)
Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders)

For more information, visit the Man Booker website.


2018 Australian Book Industry Awards

For further information visit the ABIA website.


2018 Pulitzer Prize

Fiction: Less (Andrew Sean Greer)
Drama: Cost of Living (Martyna Majok)
History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea (Jack E. Davis)
Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Caroline Fraser)
Poetry: Half-light (Frank Bidart)
Non-Fiction: Locking Up Our Own (James Forman Jr.)

For more information, visit The Pulitzer Prize website.


2018 Stella Prize Shortlist

Winner: Tracker (Alexis Wright)
The
Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Shokoofeh Azar)
Terra Nullius (Claire G. Coleman)
The Life to Come (Michelle de Kretser)
An Uncertain Grace (Krissy Kneen)
The Fish Girl (Mirandi Riwoe)

For more information, visit the Stella Prize website.


2018 Indie Book Awards

Book of the Year: Nevermoor (Jessica Townsend)
Fiction: The Choke (Sofie Laguna)
Non-Fiction: Saga Land (Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason)
Illustrated Non-Fiction: Native (Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters)
Debut Fiction: Wimmera (Mark Brandi)
Children's: Nevermoor (Jessica Townsend)
Young Adult: Wilder Country (Mark Smith)

For more information, visit The Indies website.


2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Fiction: Their Brilliant Careers (Ryan O'Neill)
Poetry: Headwaters (Anthony Lawrence)
Non-Fiction: Quicksilver (Nicolas Rothwell)
Australian History: Atomic Thunder (Elizabeth Tynan)
Young Adult Fiction: Words in Blue Deep (Cath Crowley)
Children's Fiction: Home in the Rain (Bob Graham) and Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr)

For further details, click here.


2017 Premier's Literary Awards

Tasmania Book Prize: Into the Heart of Tasmania (Rebe Taylor)
Margaret Scott Prize: The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose)
University of Tasmania Prize: Brodsky Dies (Adam Ouston)
Tasmania Book Prize - People's Choice: Losing Streak (James Boyce)
Margaret Scott Prize - People's Choice: The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose)
University of Tasmania Prize - People's Choice: A Guide to Bushwalking in Tasmania (Ben Walter)

For further details, click here


2017 Man Booker Prize

Winner: Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders)
4 3 2 1 (Paul Auster)
History of Wolves (Emily Fridlund) 
Exit West (Mohsin Hamid)
Elmet (Fiona Mozley)  
Autumn (Ali Smith) 

For further details, see the Man Booker Prize website.


2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Winner: Extinctions (Josephine Wilson)
An Isolated Incident
 (Emily Maguire)
The Last Days of Ava Langdon (Mark O'Flynn)
Their Brilliant Careers (Ryan O'Neill)
Waiting (Philip Salom)

For further details, see the Miles Franklin Award website.


2017 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

Older Readers:
Winner: One Would Think the Deep (Claire Zorn)
Honour Books: Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley)
The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon)

Younger Readers:
Winner: Rockhopping (Trace Balla)
Honour Books: Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr)
Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade (Kate Temple, Jol Temple & John Foye)

Early Childhood:
Winner: Go Home, Cheeky Animals! (Johanna Bell, ill. Dion Beasley)
Honour Books: Nannie Loves (Kylie Dunstan)
Gary (Leila Rudge)

Picture Book:
Winner: Home in the Rain (Bob Graham)
Honour Books: Mechanica (Lance Balchin)
The Patchwork Bike (Maxine Beneba Clarke, ill. Van T Rudd)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books: 
Winner: Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks (Gina M Newton)
Honour Books: A-Z of Endangered Animals (Jennifer Cossins)
The Gigantic Book of Genes (Lorna Hendry)

Crichton Award:
Winner: The Patchwork Bike (Maxine Beneba Clarke, ill. Van T Rudd)

For further information, visit the CBCA website.


2017 Ned Kelly Awards

Best Novel: Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly (Adrian McKinty)
Best First Novel: The Dry (Jane Harper)
Best True Crime: Getting Away with Murder (Duncan McNab), The Drowned Man (Brendan James Murray)

For further details, see the Australian Crime Writers website.


2017 Australian Book Industry Awards

For further information visit the ABIA website.


2017 Vogel's Literary Award

The Lost Pages (Marija Pericic)

For further information visit the Vogel's Literary Award website.


2017 Stella Prize

Winner: The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose)
Between a Wolf and a Dog
(Georgia Blain)
The Hate Race
(Maxine Beneba Clarke)
Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir
(Catherine de Saint Phalle)
An Isolated Incident
(Emily Maguire)
Dying: A Memoir
(Cory Taylor)

For more information, visit the Stella Prize website.


2017 Australian Book Industry Awards

For further information visit the ABIA website.


2017 Pulitzer Prize

Fiction: The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
Drama: Sweat (Lynn Nottage)
History: Blood in the Water (Heather Ann Thomspon)
Biography: The Return (Hisham Matar)
Poetry: Olio (Tyehimba Jess)
Non-Fiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond)

For more information, visit The Pulitzer Prize website.


2017 Indie Book Awards

Book of the Year: The Dry (Jane Harper)
Fiction: The Last Painting of Sara De Vos (Dominic Smith)
Non-Fiction: Everywhere I Look (Helen Garner)
Debut Fiction: The Dry (Jane Harper)
Children's: Circle (Jeannie Baker)
Young Adult: Words in Blue Deep (Cath Crowley)

For more information, visit The Indies website.


2016 Man Booker Prize

Winner: The Sellout (Paul Beatty)
Hot Milk (Deborah Levy)
His Bloody Project
(Graeme Macrae Burnet)
Eileen (Ottessa Moshfegh)
All That Man Is (David Szalay)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Madeleine Thien)

For further details, see the Man Booker website.


2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Winner: Black Rock White City (A.S. Patric)
Hope Farm
 (Peggy Frew)
Leap (Myfanwy Jones)
The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood)
Salt Creek (Lucy Treloar)

For further details, see the Miles Franklin Award website.


2016 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

Older Readers:
Winner: Cloudwish (Fiona Wood)
Honour Books: Freedom Ride (Sue Lawson)
Inbetween Days (Vikki Wakefield)

Younger Readers:
Winner: Soon (Morris Gleitzman)
Honour Books: Shadows of the Master #1 Star of Deltora (Emily Rodda)
Sister Heart (Sally Morgan)

Early Childhood:
Winner: Mr Huff (Anna Walker)
Honour Books: Perfect (Danny Parker, ill. Freya Blackwood)
The Cow Tripped over the Moon (Tony Wilson, ill. Laura Wood)

Picture Book of the Year:
Winner: Flight (Nadia Wheatley, ill. Armin Greder)
Honour Books: One Step at a Time (Jane Jolly, ill. Sally Heinrich)
Ride, Ricardo, Ride! (Phil Cummings, ill. Shane Devries)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books:
Winner: Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony (Stephanie Owen Reeder)
Honour Books: Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (Rohan Cleave, ill. Coral Tulloch)
Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs (Robyn Siers and Carlie Walker)

For more information, visit The Children's Book Council of Australia website.


2016 Ned Kelly Awards

Best Novel: Before it Breaks (Dave Warner)
Best First Novel: Resurrection Bay (Emma Viskic)
Best True Crime: Certain Admissions (Gideon Haigh)

For further details, see the Australian Crime Writers website.


2016 Australian Book Industry Awards

For further information visit the ABIA website.


2016 Vogel's Literary Award

The Memory Artist (Katherine Brabon)

For further information visit the Vogel's Literary Award website.


2016 Stella Prize

Winner: The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood)
Six Bedrooms (Tegan Bennett Daylight)
Hope Farm (Peggy Frew)
A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories (Elizabeth Harrower)
The World Without Us (Mireille Juchau)
Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger (Fiona Wright)

For more information, visit The Stella Prize website.


2016 Pulitzer Prize

Fiction: The Sympathizer (Viet Thanh Nguyen)
Drama: Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda)
History: Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (T.J. Stiles)
Biography: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (William Finnegan)
Poetry: Ozone Journal (Peter Balakian)
Non-Fiction: Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Joby Warrick)

For more information, visit The Pulitzer Prize website.


2016 Indie Book Awards

Book of the Year: The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood)
Non-Fiction: Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski)
Debut Fiction: Salt Creek (Lucy Treloar)
Children's: The Bad Guys, Episode 1 (Aaron Blabey)
Young Adult: Cloudwish (Fiona Wood)

For more information, visit The Indies website.


2016 IBBY Australia Honour Books

Writing category: The Incredible Here and Now (Felicity Castagna)
llustration category: Banjo and Ruby Red (Freya Blackwood, text by Libby Gleeson)
Translation category: Nine Open Arms (John Nieuwenhuizen, original text by Benny Lindelauf)

For more information, visit the website.


2015 Premier's Literary Awards

Congratulations to all the 2015 winners:

Tasmania Book Prize: The Rise and Fall of Gunns (Quentin Beresford)
Margaret Scott Prize: The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan)
University of Tasmania Prize: Soon (Lois Murphy)
Tasmania Book Prize - People's Choice: To Name Those Lost (Rohan Wilson)
Margaret Scott Prize - People's Choice: The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan)
University of Tasmania Prize - People's Choice: Blue Pollen Beautiful (Elizabeth Goodsir)


2015 Man Booker Prize

Winner: A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
Satin Island 
(Tom McCarthy)
The Fishermen (Chigozie Obioma)
The Year of the Runaways (Sunjeev Sahota)
A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
A Spool of Blue Thread (Anne Tyler)

For more information, visit The Man Booker Prize website.


2015 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

Older Readers:
Winner: The Protected (Claire Zorn)
Honour Books: Nona & Me (Clare Atkins)
The Minnow 
(Diana Sweeney)

Younger Readers:
Winner: The Cleo Stories The Necklace and the Present (Libby Gleeson, ill. Freya Blackwood)
Honour Books: Two Wolves (Tristan Bancks)
Withering-by-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue (Judith Rossell)

Early Childhood:
Winner: Go to Sleep, Jessie! (Libby Gleeson, ill. Freya Blackwood)
Honour Books: Scary Night (Lesley Gibbes, ill. Stephen Michael King)
Noni the Pony goes to the Beach (Alison Lester)

Picture Book of the Year:
Winner: My Two Blankets (Freya Blackwood, text Irena Kobald)
Honour Books: One Minute's Silence (Michael Camilleri, text David Metzenthen)
The Stone Lion (Ritva Voutila, text Margaret Wild)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books:
Winner: A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land (Simon Barnard)
Honour Books: Tea and Sugar Christmas (Jane Jolly, ill. Robert Ingpen)
Audacity: Stories of Heroic Australians in Wartime (Carlie Walker, ill. Brett Hatherly)

For more information, visit The Children's Book Council of Australia website.


2015 Environment Award for Children's Literature

Fiction:Rescue on Nim's Island (Wendy Orr)
Picture Fiction: Rivertime (Trace Balla)
Non-fiction: Our Class Tiger (Aleesah Darlison)

For more information, visit Environment Award for Children's Literature website.


2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Winner: The Eye of the Sheep (Sofie Laguna)
Golden Boys (Sonya Hartnett)
After Darkness (Christine Piper)
The Golden Age (Joan London)
Tree Palace (Craig Sherborne)

For more information, visit The Miles Franklin website.


2015 Australian Book Designers Association

The Making of Mona' won Best Designed Fully Illustrated Book.

For more information, visit ABDA website.


2015 Australian Book Industry Awards

A Bone of Fact (David Walsh) won Biography of the Year. 

For the full lists, visit the ABIA website.


2015 Vogel's Literary Award

When There's Nowhere Else to Run (Murray Middleton)

For further information visit the Vogel's Literary Award website.


2015 Pulitzer Prize

Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
Drama: Between Riverside and Crazy (Stephen Adly Guirgis)
History: Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People (Elizabeth A. Fenn)
Biography: The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (David I. Kertzer)
Poetry: Digest (Gregory Pardlo)
General Non-Fiction: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Elizabeth Kolbert)

For more information, visit The Pulitzer Prize website.


2015 Stella Prize

Winner: The Strays (Emily Bitto)
Foreign Soil (Maxine Beneba Clarke)
The Invisible History of the Human Race (Christine Kenneally)
The Eye of the Sheep (Sofie Laguna)
The Golden Age (Joan London)
Heat and Light (Ellen van Neerven)

For more information, visit The Stella Prize website.


2015 Indie Book Awards

Book of the Year: Bush (Don Watson)
Fiction Winner: Golden Boys (Sonya Hartnett)
Non-Fiction Winner: Bush (Don Watson)
Childrens and YA Winner: Withering-By-Sea (Judith Rossell)
Debut Fiction Winner: Foreign Soil (Maxine Beneba Clark)

For more information, visit The Indies website.


2014 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Congratulations to all the 2014 winners, selected from the shortlists here.

Fiction: The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan) and A World of Other People (Steven Carrol)
Poetry: Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call (Melinda Smith)
Non-Fiction: Moving Among Strangers (Gabrielle Carey) and Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John (Helen Trinca)
Australian History: Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War (Joan Beaumont) and Australia's Secret War: How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II (Hal G.P. Colebatch)
Young Adult Fiction: The Incredible Here and Now (Felicity Castagna)
Children's Fiction: Silver Buttons (Bob Graham)


2014 Man Booker Prize

Winner:The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan)
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Joshua Ferris)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler)
J (Howard Jacobson)
The Lives of Others (Neel Mukherjee)
How to be Both (Ali Smith)

For more information, visit The Man Booker Prize website.


2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Winner: All The Birds, Singing (Evie Wyld)
The Narrow Road To The Deep North (Richard Flanagan)
The Night Guest (Fiona McFarlane)
My Beautiful Enemy (Cory Taylor)
Eyrie (Tim Winton)
The Swan Book (Alexis Wright)

For more information, visit The Miles Franklin Literary Award website.


2014 Stella Prize

Winner: The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Clare Wright)
Burial Rites (Hannah Kent)
Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport (Anna Krien)
The Night Guest (Fiona McFarlane)
Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir (Kristina Olsson)
The Swan Book (Alexis Wright)

For more information, visit The Stella Prize website.


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