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The winners of the main suite of awards – the prizes for 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 The winner of the Award for an Unpublished Manuscript receives $15,000.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 six main suite 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. The 2022 shortlist is listed below, and the winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 3 February 2022.

Winners of the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

Victorian Prize for Literature

Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience by Veronica Gorrie (Scribe Publications)

Fiction

Smokehouse by Melissa Manning (University of Queensland Press)

Non-Fiction

The Mother Wound by Amani Haydar (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Drama

Milk by Dylan Van Den Berg (Currency Press and The Street Theatre)

Poetry

Trigger Warning by Maria Takolander (University of Queensland Press)

Writing for Young Adults

Girls in Boys’ Cars by Felicity Castagna (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Indigenous Writing

Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience by Veronica Gorrie (Scribe Publications)

Unpublished Manuscript

Fauna of Mirrors by Keshe Chow

People’s Choice Award

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

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