Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2015

A ready-made summer reading list of the best of the best in Australian writing now.

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The Awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.

  1. Fiction - $25,000 The Prize for Fiction
  2. Non-fiction - $25,000 The Prize for Non-fiction
  3. Drama - $25,000 The Prize for Drama
  4. Poetry - $25,000 The Prize for Poetry
  5. Young Adult - $25,000 The Prize for Writing for Young Adults

The winners of these five categories will contest the Victorian Prize for Literature — worth $100,000.

Please note: There are two additional awards - The Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and the Award for Indigenous Writing.

The $20,000 biennial Award for Indigenous Writing was presented in September 2014 to coincide with Indigenous Literacy Day. Entrants to the Award for Indigenous Writing are also eligible to enter their work in any of the five general award categories.

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2015 winners

The Victorian Prize for Literature
The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation by Alan Atkinson (NewSouth)

Fiction
To Name Those Lost by Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin)

Non-fiction
The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation by Alan Atkinson (NewSouth)

Drama
Resplendence by Angus Cerini (Angus Cerini/Doubletap)

Poetry
The Beautiful Anxiety by Jill Jones (Puncher & Wattmann)

Young Adult
The Protected by Claire Zorn (UQP)

People’s Choice
Where Song Began by Tim Low (Penguin)

The Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an emerging Victorian writer
The Dry by Jane Harper

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist