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About the Premier's Literary 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.

Tasmania's vibrant arts and cultural sector is gaining an international reputation and fast becoming a recognised drawcard for visitors to the state. Literary talent is flourishing in Tasmania and our state is a source of inspiration for writers around Australia and the world.

The prizes provide recognition for both established and emerging Tasmanian writers, as well as acknowledging the increasing influence Tasmania has on authors globally. They also recognise the work of emerging and young writers and provide a mechanism to recognise and nurture new voices.

The Premier's Literary Prizes could be considered unique in Australia in that such a diverse range of books can be in contention in each of the prize categories. Works entered include children's picture books, memoirs, graphic novels, histories, poetry, playscripts and literary fiction.

The longlisted and shortlisted books in the Premier's Literary Prizes are a fascinating and diverse collection of high calibre writing worth buying and reading. They provide a great starting point to read Tasmanian stories or work written by Tasmanian authors.

The prizes are held biennially and in 2017 books published between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017 are eligible for entry.

The Tasmanian State Government is committed to the Premier's Literary Prizes, which are delivered by Arts Tasmania and supported by the University of Tasmania and private philanthropists.