The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the winners for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on December 5, 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. Winner and finalists of genre interest include:
- WINNER: Border Districts, Gerald Murnane (Giramondo)
- 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)
Awards were also given in young adult, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, and children’s fiction categories. Finalists were selected by a panel of 12 judges, with the Prime Minister making the final decision. This year’s fiction judges were Sarah Holland-Batt, Bronwyn Lea (chair), James Ley, Kathy Shand, and Susan Wyndham.
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