The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the shortlists for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on October 17, 2018. The awards “celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.” The winner receives A$80,000 and each runner-up gets A$5,000. Finalists of genre interest follow.
- A Long Way from Home, Peter Carey (Penguin Random House)
- The Life to Come, Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin)
- First Person, Richard Flanagan (Penguin Random House)
- Border Districts, Gerald Murnane (Giramondo)
Young Adult Fiction
Awards are also given in poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, and children’s fiction categories. Finalists are selected by a panel of 12 judges, and the Prime Minister makes the final decision. This year’s fiction judges are Sarah Holland-Batt, Bronwyn Lea (chair), James Ley, Kathy Shand, and Susan Wyndham. Young adult fiction judges are Robyn Ewing, Margot Hillel (chair), Joy Lawn, Kerry Neary, and Sue Whiting. Winners will be announced later this year.
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