Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2021

Your definitive guide to Australia’s best writing.

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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 on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.

The winners of the main suite of awards – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Award for Indigenous Writing and Writing for Young Adults – each receive $25,000. The winner of the Award for an Unpublished Manuscript receives $15,000. 

The winners of the seven award categories go on to contest the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000. This is the single most valuable literary award in the country.

During COVID-19 restrictions, we're not accepting deliveries at the Wheeler Centre. You'll find updated instructions in the nomination form.

Entries for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021 are now closed.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 28 January 2021.

Key dates for all 2021 awards

Open call for entries – Monday 31 August 2020

Close of entries – Monday 28 September 2020

Shortlist announcement – Monday 7 December 2020

Winner announcement – Thursday 28 January 2021

Books published between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 are eligible for entry into the 2021 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.

For the biennial Indigenous Writing Award category books published between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020 are eligible.

Please note, books published after close of entries (28 September 2020) can be submitted as a printed and bound proof along with a PDF file.

Information and enquiries


Telephone: (03) 9094 7800 

Awards Coordinator, The Wheeler Centre  

Click here for conditions and guidelines for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021.

Note: If you're a self published author who is suffering financial hardship and would like an exemption on the entry fee, please contact us on (03) 9094 7800 or at