Victorian Premier's Literary Award shortlist

By artsHubartsHub | Thursday, August 09, 2012

The 21 works in the running for the five Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.
The awards provide $25,000 each for fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults. The winners also go into the running to win the Victorian Prize for Literature, which carries an additional $100,000 in prize money, making it the richest in the country.
The 2012 awards program also includes two biennial awards: the $15,000 Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and the $20,000 Award for Indigenous Writing.

This year’s shortlist features works by authors at all stages of their careers, covering subjects as diverse as Australian pioneering history, Indian philosophy, political intrigue, youth homelessness, immigration, cookery and the world of country show-jumping.
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu encouraged readers everywhere to have the chance to have their say,by voting for their favourite work to win the 2012 People’s Choice Award.

“This shortlist provides 21 reasons to celebrate Australian literature, so I encourage you to get involved, get reading and experience Australia’s best writing

The winners will be announced at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
ceremony on Tuesday 16 October 2012.


Award for Fiction:

· All That I Am by Anna Funder (Penguin Books) – USA
· The Cook by Wayne Macauley (Text Publishing) – Brunswick, VIC
· Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears (Allen & Unwin) – Sydney, NSW
· Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse (Random House Australia) – Sydney, NSW
· A History of Books by Gerald Murnane (Giramondo) – Goroke, VIC
· Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany (Pan Macmillan Australia) –
Mitcham, VIC

Award for Non-Fiction:

· 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia by
James Boyce (Black Inc.) – Hobart, TAS
· The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill
Gammage - Allen & Unwin) – Turner, ACT
· Adelaide by Kerryn Goldsworthy (NewSouth Books) – Queenstown, SA
· The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays by Simon Leys (Black Inc.)
– Garran, ACT
· True North by Brenda Niall (Text Publishing) – Camberwell, VIC
· Her Father’s Daughter by Alice Pung (Black Inc.) – Parkville, VIC

Award for Drama:

· National Interest by Aidan Fennessy (Melbourne Theatre Company and
Black Swan State Theatre Company) – Brunswick, VIC
· A Golem Story by Lally Katz (Malthouse Theatre) – Carlton, VIC
· Boxman by Daniel Keene (If Theatre, Big West Festival) – Spotswood,

Award for Poetry:

· Vishvarupa by Michelle Cahill (Five Islands Press) – Wahroonga, NSW
· Armour by John Kinsella (Pan Macmillan Australia) – York, WA
· Southern Barbarians by John Mateer (Giramondo) - Karrinyup, WA

Award for Writing for Young Adults:

· The Shadow Girl by John Larkin (Random House Australia) –
Carlingford, NSW
· The Shiny Guys by Doug MacLeod (Penguin Books) – St Kilda, VIC
· All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield (Text Publishing) – Gulfview
Heights, SA