Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012

It certainly is the season for shortlists, and another has just been announced – the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012. This year’s awards include the first ever Poetry Award, as well as a newly incorporated Australian History Prize. A total of $600,000 will be awarded across the six categories, making it the richest literary prize in Australia. It’s nice to see the Gillard government supporting our local industry, especially in the National Year of Reading!

The shortlists are:


All That I Am by Anna Funder

Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears

Autumn Laing by Alex Miller

Forecast: Turbulence by Janette Turner Hospital


Ashes in the Air by Ali Alizadeh

Interferon Psalms by Luke Davies

Armour by John Kinsella

Southern Barbarians by John Mateer

New and Selected Poems by Gig Ryan


A Short History of Christianity by Geoffrey Blainey

Michael Kirby: Paradoxes and Principles by A.J Brown

When Horse Became Saw: A Family’s Journey Through Autism by Anthony Macris

Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland

An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna

Prize for Australian History

1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia by James Boyce

The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage

Breaking the Sheep’s Back by Charles Massey

Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation by Russell McGregor

Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us by Renegade Films Australia Pty Ltd

Young Adult

A Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon

Being Here by Barry Jonsberg

Pan’s Whisper by Sue Lawson

When We Were Two by Robert Newton

Alaska by Sue Saliba

Children’s Fiction

Evangeline, the Wish Keeper’s Helper by Maggie Alderson

The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base

Father’s Day by Anne Brooksbank

Come Down, Cat! by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

Goodnight, Mice! by Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson

There are some familiar names on the shortlists, as well as some first time entrants. Good luck to all!


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