2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards: Shortlists Announced

by |October 17, 2018

2018 prime ministers literary awardsThe shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield.

The Awards support  appreciation of Australian literature and provide recognition for both authors and illustrators.

“I am pleased to announce this year’s shortlists. We have a wonderful group of talented authors and I welcome the opportunity to share their works with Australians,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Minister Fifield said reading has far reaching benefits, it expands our understanding and stimulates our imagination. These Awards reinforce the importance of literature and reading across all ages.

This year saw more than 500 entries made across the six categories of Children’s literature, Young Adult literature, Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction and Australian history.

Here are the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlisted titles:

Children’s literature

Feathers, Phil Cummings and Phil Lesnie

Figgy Takes the City, Tamsin Janu

Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee!, Lisa Shanahan and Binny Talib

Pea Pod Lullaby, Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

Storm Whale, Sarah Brennan and Jane Tanner


Young Adult literature

Living on Hope Street, Demet Divaroren

My Lovely Frankie, Judith Clarke

Ruben, Bruce Whatley

The Ones that Disappeared, Zana Fraillon

This is My Song, Richard Yaxley



A Long Way from Home, Peter Carey

Border Districts, Gerald Murnane

First Person, Richard Flanagan

Taboo, Kim Scott

The Life to Come, Michelle de Kretser



Archipelago, Adam Aitkens

Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria, Brian Castro

Chatelaine, Bonny Cassidy

Domestic Interior, Fiona Wright

Transparencies, Stephen Edgar



Asia’s Reckoning, Richard McGregor

Mischka’s War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s

No Front Line: Australia’s Special Forces at War in Afghanistan by Chris Masters

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders, Stuart Kells

Unbreakable, Jelena Dokic and Jessica Halloran


Australian history

Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians, Jayne Persian

Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney, Paul Irish

Indigenous and Other Australians Since 1901,Timothy Rowse

John Curtin’s War: The coming of war in the Pacific, and reinventing Australia, volume 1, John Edwards

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, Judith Brett


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