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2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes – shortlists & longlists

2017 Premier's Literary Prizes - Shortlisted authorsCongratulations to all the writers shortlisted for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes.

Tasmania Book Prize

This award of $25 000 recognises the influence Tasmania has had on content or perspective and is supported by the Tasmanian Government. Writers or publishers based anywhere are eligible for this prize if Tasmania has had some influence on its content.

Shortlist

  • Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry by James Boyce, published by Black Inc
  • Archipelago of Souls by Gregory Day, published by Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Physick by Pete Hay, published by Shoestring Press
  • Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity by Rebe Taylor, published by Melbourne University Publishing

Longlist

  • Photo of all longlisted booksLosing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry by James Boyce, published by Black Inc
  • The Diemenois: Being the Correct and True Account of the Sensational Escape, Seclusion and Cruel Demise of a Most Infamous Man by J W Clennett, published by Hunter Publishers
  • Archipelago of Souls by Gregory Day, published by Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Solomon’s Noose: The True Story of Her Majesty’s Hangman of Hobart by Steve Harris, published by Melbourne Books
  • Physick by Pete Hay, published by Shoestring Press
  • The Better Son by Katherine Johnson, published by Ventura Press
  • Wild Island by Jennifer Livett, published by Allen & Unwin.
  • Fall of the Derwent by Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward, published by A Published Event
  • Musquito: Brutality and Exile by Michael Powell, published by Fullers Publishing
  • Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity by Rebe Taylor, published by Melbourne University Publishing

Margaret Scott Prize

This $5 000 award is supported by the University of Tasmania. The prize honours author, poet, educator and public intellectual Margaret Scott (1934–2005).

Shortlist

  • The White Room Poems by Anne Kellas, published by Walleah Press
  • South Pole: Nature and Culture by Elizabeth Leane, published by Reaktion Books
  • The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, published by Allen & Unwin

Longlist

  • The Shape of Water by Anne Blythe-Cooper, published by Forty South Publishing
  • In Brazil by Fran Bryson, published by Scribe Publications
  • Woven Landscape: Connections in the Tasmanian Midlands, written and published by Peter E Davies
  • A History of Port Davey, South West Tasmania, Volume One: Fleeting Hopes by Tony Fenton, published by Forty South Publishing
  • The White Room Poems by Anne Kellas, published by Walleah Press
  • South Pole: Nature and Culture by Elizabeth Leane, published by Reaktion Books
  • Shadows in Suriname by Margaretta Pos, published by Forty South Publishing
  • The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, published by Allen & Unwin
  • Down the Dirt Roads by Rachael Treasure, published by Penguin Random House
  • Crocoite by Margaret Woodward, published by A Published Event.

University of Tasmania Prize

This $5 000 award is supported by the University of Tasmania. It is open to 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.

Shortlist

  • A Son of the Moon by Kerri Guardia
  • Two Sets of Books by Ruairi Murphy
  • Brodsky Dies by Adam Ouston
  • A Guide to Bushwalking in Tasmania by Ben Walter

The Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship

This $5 000 prize is awarded to a young writer (aged 30 years and under) and is generously supported by philanthropists who wish to remain anonymous.

The Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship celebrates the strength and breadth of young Tasmanian writing and acknowledges that talent is evident regardless of age or career history.

Shortlist

  • Michael Blake
  • Erin Hortle
  • Sarah Jaeger
  • Emily Spratt

People’s Choice Awards

Voting in the People’s Choice Awards has now closed.

About the prizes

The Premier’s Literary Prizes, the Tasmanian State Government’s literary awards, celebrate the richness of the Tasmanian literary sector and acknowledge the particular influence that Tasmania has on written work.

They include literary fiction, writing about politics and society, travel writing, poetry, histories and graphic novels.

The prizes are judged by an independent panel from the literary sector, chaired by Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart.

The winners of all four prizes and the People’s Choice Awards for the first three categories will be announced at an event at Government House on 27 November 2017.

Arts Tasmania delivers the prizes with the support of the University of Tasmania and a private philanthropist.