2015 Premier's Literary Prizes

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The Premier's Literary Prizes are the Tasmanian State Government's biennial literary awards, which have existed in various forms since 2001. The prizes celebrate the richness of the Tasmanian literary sector and acknowledge the particular influence that Tasmania has on written work.

While the prizes recognise established writers, with past winners including Richard Flanagan, Robert Dessaix and Nicholas Shakespeare, they also recognise and celebrate young and emerging writers and ensure that content in its many different forms is valued.

The prizes are delivered by Arts Tasmania in partnership with the University of Tasmania and a private philanthropist. The winners of the prizes will be announced in late 2015.

Entries for the 2015 Premier's Literary Prizes have now closed.

The shortlist for the prizes will be announced at the opening of the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival on Friday, 11 September 2015.

The winners will be announced at a gala event at Government House on Wednesday, 2 December 2015.

You'll also have the opportunity to vote for your favourite works in the People's Choice Awards, opening in September 2015.

The prizes

Tasmania Book Prize – best book with Tasmanian content in any genre.

This award of $25 000 recognises the influence Tasmania has had on content or perspective and is sponsored by the Tasmanian Government.

Writers or publishers based anywhere in Australia are eligible for this prize if Tasmania has had some influence on its content. See Tasmania Book Prize conditions of entry for full eligibility criteria.

Books published for the first time between 1 August 2012 and 31 March 2015 are eligible for the Tasmania Book Prize.

Margaret Scott Prize– best book by a Tasmanian writer.

This $5 000 award is sponsored by the University of Tasmania.

A Tasmanian writer is defined as one who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania. See Margaret Scott Prize conditions of entry for full eligibility criteria.

Books published for the first time between 1 August 2012 and 31 March 2015 are eligible for the Margaret Scott Prize.

University of Tasmania Prize– best unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer.

This $5 000 award is sponsored by the University of Tasmania.

Writers of theatrical works, literary fiction and non-fiction for adults or children, poetry and graphic novels who have had a limited number of works published were encouraged to nominate. See University of Tasmania Prize conditions of entry for full eligibility criteria.

The Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship– recognising a young Tasmanian writer aged 35 or under

This $5 000 award is sponsored by private philanthropists.

There is no prescribed writing style for this prize. Writers working with non-fiction or fiction for adults or children, graphic novels, poetry or play scripts were eligible to nominate.

See Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship conditions of entry for full eligibility criteria.