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2024 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Winners Announced

For the first time since 2014, a work of poetry has won the Victorian Prize for Literature.

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2024 VPLA Winners (Front, L-R): Grace Yee, Melissa Lucashenko, Lili Wilkinson (Back, L-R): Antony Loewenstein, Ellen van Neerven, Daniel Browning, Rachel Morton, S. Shakthidharan

Victorian Prize for Literature Winner - Grace Yee

Victorian Prize for Literature Winner - Grace Yee

Victorian Prize for Literature Winner - Grace Yee

Victorian Prize for Literature Winner - Grace Yee

Victorian Prize for Literature Winner - Grace Yee & Wheeler Centre CEO Erin Vincent

Wurundjeri Elder Bill Nicholson

Our host for the evening - Sami Shah

Prize for Fiction Winner - Melissa Lucashenko

Prize for Fiction Winner - Melissa Lucashenko

Prize for Non-Fiction Winner - Ellen van Neerven

Prize for Non-Fiction Winner - Ellen van Neerven

People's Choice Award Winner - Antony Loewenstein

People's Choice Award Winner - Antony Loewenstein

Prize for Children's Literature Winner - Remy Lai

Prize for Indigenous Writing Winner - Daniel Browning

Prize for Indigenous Writing Winner - Daniel Browning

Prize for Writing for Young Adults Winner - Lili Wilkinson

Prize for Writing for Young Adults Winner - Lili Wilkinson

Prize for Unpublished Manuscript Winner - Rachel Morton

Prize for Unpublished Manuscript Winner - Rachel Morton

Prize for Drama Winner - S. Shakthidharan

Prize for Drama Winner - S. Shakthidharan

Melissa Lucashenko, Daniel Browning & Ellen van Neerven

 

Grace Yee has been awarded the $100,000 prize for her debut poetry collection, Chinese Fish, at the 2024 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards ceremony. In addition to the overall prize, Yee was also honoured with the $25,000 Award for Poetry.

Other winning works include the graphic novel Ghost Book by Remy Lai for Children’s Literature, The Jungle and the Sea by S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack for Drama, Edenglassie by Melissa Lucashenko for Fiction, Personal Score: Sport, culture, identity by Ellen van Neerven for Non Fiction, Close to the Subject: Selected Works by Daniel Browning for Indigenous Writing, A Hunger of Thorns by Lili Wilkinson for Writing for Young Adults and Panajachel by Rachel Morton for Unpublished Manuscript.

The People’s Choice Award, a prize voted for by the general public, was awarded to The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the World by Antony Loewenstein.

Read all about the authors and their winning works on our website now. Congratulations to the successful authors and all the shortlisted and highly commended writers.

Thank you to everyone who attended or tuned into the 2024 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards as we marked this remarkable year of Australian literature across these beloved genres. If you missed the live stream, you can watch it back here.

You can watch Grace Yee’s reaction below, and find details of the ceremony from the ABC and The Guardian.

 

Photography by T J Garvie

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