Prime Cut Wins Ned Kelly Award

Courtesy of Fremantle Press Congratulations to Fremantle author Alan Carter who has won the 16th annual Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction with his debut novel Prime Cut. The awards, named for the famous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, are Australia's leading literary awards for crime writing in two categories - crime fiction and true crime. The ...

That Deadman Dance Wins More Awards

Courtesy of Pan Macmillan Congratulations go once again to West Australian author Kim Scott who was this week announced as the inaugural winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature. Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu presented Scott with the $100,000 prize earlier this week.  The award is the richest in Australian literature. Back in June, Scott received the Miles Franklin ...

Vote Now for the 2010 West Australian Premier’s Book Awards

Courtesy of Scribe Publications WA Premier's Book Awards People's Choice Award Voting is now open for the inaugural Western Australian Premier's Book Awards People's Choice Award. The judges have selected the following six titles below as the short list for the Fiction Category. To vote, visit http://slwa.wa.gov.au/pba/vote/ by 11 September 2011. One vote ...

That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott Wins 2011 Miles Franklin Award

Courtesy Pan Macmillan Congratulations to West Australian author Kim Scott who is this year’s recipient of the Miles Franklin Award which was announced in Melbourne last night. That Deadman Dance explores the early contact between the first European settlers and the Aboriginal Noongar people of the south west of WA.  It is set around the area that ...

Jasper Jones Still Up for Awards

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Courtesy of Allen & Unwin Western Australian Craig Silvey was shortlisted for an Irish literary award yesterday with his coming-of-age novel Jasper Jones. He joins fellow Australians David Malouf and Evie Wyld with seven other authors, shortlisted from 162 nominated works from 126 cities worldwide. The International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 (almost AUD $140,000) and ...

West Australian Illustrator Shaun Tan Wins Major International Literary Award

 Courtesy anna_t@flickr.com   Can the year possibly get any better for Shaun Tan? First an Oscar in late February and now this week he has won one of the world’s most prestigious children’s literary awards – the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The award is named after Sweden’s much-loved author and creator of the Pippy Longstocking character ...

Miles Franklin 2011 Longlist Announced

Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin The Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist for 2011 was announced on 17 March with the shortlist to follow on 19 April. While not the most lucrative of the Australian literary awards ($50,000), the prize is regarded as one of the most prestigious.  It was established in 1957 with the initial winner ...

Literary Awards

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Courtesy Allen & Unwin Do you take any notice of the literary awards and make an effort to read the short lists, long lists or winning books? Winning the award or even being “on the list”, whatever list it may be, almost guarantees authors dramatic increases in sales and instant readership. I must admit, do follow some of the awards, particularly the Australian ...