Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Now is your chance to explore the Premier’s 21 - and to home in on the best of the best in Australian writing.

The Premier’s 21 is your ready-made summer reading list, comprising the shortlisted titles across all five categories in contention for the big prize. That’s eight weeks of great reading before the winners are announced on 28 January 2014.

Click on one of the titles or cover images below to learn more about the work and its author, and to read the judges' report. And don’t forget to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Do you notice a title you’ve read (or a play you’ve seen)? Add your own review, or read those written by our literary bloggers and reviewers from across Victoria. #premiers21

The Unpublished Manuscript Award was announced during the 2014 Emerging Writers' Festival.

The biennial Award for Indigenous Writing was awarded on 3 September 2014, coinciding with Indigenous Literacy Day.

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Shortlisted Nominees

Prize for Poetry

Judges: Gig Ryan, Lisa Jacobson, Paul Mitchell

Prize for Fiction

Judges: Blanche Clark, Tony Birch, Peter Mews

Prize for Non-Fiction

Judges: Kristin Otto, Kate Darian-Smith, Belle Place, Michael Green, Kaz Cooke

Prize for Writing for Young Adults

Judges: Anna Burkey, Hilary Harper, Alice Pung

Prize for Drama

Judges: Ailsa Piper, Sian Prior, John Bailey

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist