Awards & prizes
Announcing The Next Chapter mentors
The Wheeler Centre announces the ten mentors who will work with The Next Chapter's first cohort of writers over the next 12 months.
Invasion of the Pod People
June Thomas is the senior managing producer of Slate podcasts – and if you’ve ever listened to a Slate podcast, you’re probably already familiar with her affable Northern English accent.
Through her two decades on staff, Thomas has featured in the outlet’s popular ‘Gabfests’ (Culture, Political) The Waves (née Double X Gabfest), and helmed projects like The…
The Next Big Thing
Most Underrated Book Award Edition
What do you get when you take Australia’s small publishers, and add a dash of our Next Big Thing series? You get a yearly celebration of the books that have punched well above their weight.
Now in its sixth year, the Small Press Network’s Most Underrated Book Award celebrates independently published titles that didn’t receive the attention they deserved. Previously…
Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2018: Introducing the Fellows (round three)
Meet the third intake of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows, and take a peek at the projects they'll be working on.
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Rough Diamonds: The Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Toni Jordan, Jane Harper, Melanie Cheng and Christian White — Photo: Sophie Quick
In its 15-year history, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript has launched some big names in Australian writing, including Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project), Maxine Beneba Clarke (Foreign Soil) and more.
The award is a big leg-up for unpublished authors. Previous winners have gone on to write bestselling books across a range of forms and genres and to win other major Australian literary awards, too.
At this event we checked in with some recent past winners: Jane Harper (2015 winner for The Dry), Melanie Cheng (2016 winner for Australia Day), and Christian White (2017 winner for The Nowhere Child). Hosted by Toni Jordan, the trio discussed their writing journeys – from laptop-clutching hopefuls to published debut authors, and beyond.
The Next Chapter 2018 Announcement: Benjamin Law and Sophie Black in conversation with the first recipients
Presented by the Wheeler Centre and supported by the Aesop Foundation, The Next Chapter scheme is about giving new writers from all backgrounds the time and space to craft a voice and a career. It's about investing in a new generation of writers who will reflect the diversity of Australian identities and experiences.
Join Benjamin Law, one of the four Next Chapter…
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Video of the Premier’s 21 Announcement
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu announced the long shortlist for the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, which make up the first Premier’s 21. The premier noted the work of the judges, who had the unenviable task of whittling 308 entries down into the final 21. Congratulations to all 308 authors, and especially to the 21 shortlisted writers.
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In Other Words
Speaking of translation, Media Bistro has published another one of its ‘mix tapes’. This one is described as a special literary sampler of the novels longlisted to win the Best Translated Book Award for novels published in the US in 2010. The longlist features works from 19 countries in 12 languages.
The awards are in their 5th year. They’re run by Three Percent, a…
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