The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards will put 21 writers, poets and playwrights in the running for Australia’s richest single literary prize – The Victorian Prize for Literature.
The shortlist includes ABC TV’s Black Comedy star Nakkiah Lui, Miles Franklin Award-winner and recently appointed University of Melbourne Boisbouvier Chair Alexis Wright, political commentator Jeff Sparrow and award-winning poet Jennifer Maiden.
The winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript Award, Melanie Chang, also made the shortlist with her now-published collection of stories – Australia Day.
The shortlisted works include a comedic play about an interracial relationship, young adult stories about contemporary Australian life, a biography on black-listed US entertainer Paul Robeson, and poetic conversations between contemporary figures and their historical counterparts.
The shortlist spans five award categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults. The winner of each category will receive $25,000 and go on to contest the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature.
The winners will be announced and presented their awards on Thursday, 1 February, 2018.
The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.
Source: Vic Government