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 – 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 The winner of the Award for an Unpublished Manuscript receives $15,000.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
Pictured above are the winners of the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (left to right): Dylan Van Den Berg, Veronica Gorrie, Rebecca Lim, Felicity Castagna, Maria Takolander, Keshe Chow and Melissa Manning. (Not pictured: Amani Haydar) — Photo: TJ Garvie