On Thursday 16 November we announced the winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The Awards are the richest literary prize in the nation, with a tax-free prize pool of $600,000 in recognition of the outstanding literary talents of established and emerging Australian writers, illustrators, poets, and historians. The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges.
Many of this year’s winners have made their debut appearance in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Across six categories, the collected works explore themes of family, culture, Country, and belonging. From cattle stations to the halls of high school and from Country to the streets of Japan, the 2023 winners are a spectacular testament to the breadth of the Australian literary landscape, and the strength of Australian writing.
This is the first year that the awards have been delivered by Creative Australia, following the release of the Australian Government’s 2023 National Cultural Policy, Revive: a place for every story a story for every place. A total of 643 entries were received across six literary categories: fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, children’s literature, poetry, and Australian history.
The National Library of Australia is the custodian and keeper of Australia’s literary achievements and as presenting partner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, it celebrates outstanding Australian literary work and culture.