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The Winners

Fiction: The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau (Bloomsbury)
Non-fiction: Something For The Pain by Gerald Murnane (Text Publishing)
Drama: Broken by Mary Anne Butler (Currency Press)
Poetry: Crankhandle by Alan Loney (Cordite)
Writing for Young Adults: Welcome to Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward (Xoum Publishing)

The Victorian Prize for Literature: Broken by Mary Anne Butler (Currency Press)

Separately, Melanie Cheng won the Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

The Judges

Fiction: Thuy On, Jo Case, Toni Jordan (convenor)
Non-fiction: Sam Cooney, Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Jonathan Green, Sharon Mullins, Robyn Annear (convenor)
Drama: Tom Gutteridge, Lorin Clarke, David Ryding (convenor)
Poetry: Jacinta Le Plastrier, Bonny Cassidy, Cassandra Atherton (convenor)
Writing for Young Adults: Emily Gale, Jess Tran, Bec Kavanagh (convenor)
Award for an Unpublished Manuscript: Kate Callingham, Jennifer Down, Maxine Beneba Clarke

Submissions from publishers and writers are open in September each year for titles published between 1 January and 31 December of the same year.

Chat about the shortlisted titles using the #vpla2016 hashtag.

Highly commended works

· Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight (Random House Australia)
· The Mothers by Rod Jones (Text Publishing)
· Black Rock White City by A.S. Patrić (Transit Lounge Publishing)

· Good Muslim Boy by Osamah Sami (Hardie Grant Books)
· Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright (Giramondo Publishing)

· I am a Miracle by Declan Greene

· Happiness by Martin Harrison (UWA Publishing)

Writing for Young Adults
· Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
· Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison (Magabala Books)


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