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Book awards: Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award

Book awards by cover

Works (84)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan [2014]
Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers by Philip JonesNon- Fiction, 2008
The Zookeepers War by Steven Contefiction category, 2008
The Boat by Nam Lefiction category, 2009
Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality by Marilyn Lakenon-fiction, 2009
House of Exile: War, Love and Literature, from Berlin to Los Angeles by Evelyn Juersnon-fiction, 2009
The Colony: A History of Early Sydney by Grace KarskensNon-fiction, 2010
Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God by Bill CondonYoung Adult, 2010
Dog Boy by Eva HornungFiction, 2010
Star jumps by Lorraine MarwoodChildren's fiction, 2010
Graffiti Moon by Cath CrowleyYoung Adult, 2011
The Hard Light of Day: An Artist's Story of Friendships in Arrernte Country by Rod MossNon-fiction, 2011
Shake a leg by Boori Monty PryorChildren's fiction, 2011
Traitor by Stephen DaisleyFiction, 2011
The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill GammageAustralian History, 2012
An eye for eternity : the life of Manning Clark by Mark McKennanon-fiction, 2012
Foal's Bread by Gillian MearsFiction, 2012
Goodnight, Mice! by Frances WattsChildren's Fiction, 2012
Interferon psalms : 33 psalms on the 99 names of God by Luke DaviesPoetry, 2012
When We Were Two by Robert NewtonYoung Adult Fiction, 2012
The Australian Moment by George MegalogenisNon-Fiction, 2013
Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia's Lost Generation by Ross McMullinHistory, 2013
Fog a Dox by Bruce PascoeYoung Adult Fiction, 2013
Jam Tree Gully: Poems by John KinsellaPoetry, 2013
Questions of Travel by Michelle De KretserFiction, 2013
Red by Libby GleesonChildren's Fiction, 2013
Australia's secret war : how trade unions sabotaged Australian Military Forces in World War II by Hal ColebatchAustralian History, 2014
Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War by Joan BeaumontAustralian History, 2014
Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call by Melinda SmithPoetry, 2014
The incredible here and now by Felicity CastagnaYoung Adult Fiction, 2014
Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John by Helen TrincaNon-Fiction, 2014
Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family by Gabrielle CareyNon-Fiction, 2014
The Silver Button by Bob GrahamChildren's Fiction, 2014
A World of Other People by Steven CarrollFiction, 2014
Charles Bean by Ross CoulthartHistory, 2015
The Golden Age by Joan LondonFiction, 2015
John Olsen : an artist's life by Darleen BungeyNon-fiction, 2015
One Minute's Silence by David MetzenthenChildren's Fiction ∙ 2015
Poems 1957-2013 by Geoffrey LehmannPoetry, 2015
The Protected by Claire ZornYoung Adult Fiction, 2015
The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO, 1949-1963 by David HornerHistory, 2015
Wild Bleak Bohemia by Michael WildingNon-fiction, 2015
The Hazards (UQP Poetry Series) by Sarah Holland-BattPoetry, 2016
Let My People Go - The untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89 by Sam [Ed] LipskiHistory, 2016
The Life of Houses by Lisa GortonFiction, 2016
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte WoodFiction, 2016
On Stalin's Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics by Sheila FitzpatrickNon-Fiction, 2016
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlayYoung Adult Fiction, 2016
Sister Heart by Sally MorganChildren's Fiction, 2016
The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia by Geoffrey BlaineyHistory, 2016
Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather by Karen LambNon-Fiction, 2016
Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story by Elizabeth TYNANAustralian History, 2017
Dragonfly Song by Wendy OrrChildren's Fiction, 2017
Headwaters by Anthony LawrencePoetry, 2017
Home in the Rain by Bob GrahamChildren's Fiction, 2017
John Curtin's War: The coming of war in the Pacific, and reinventing Australia by John EdwardsAustralian History, 2017
Quicksilver by Nicolas RothwellNonfiction, 2017
Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers by Ryan O'NeillFiction, 2017
Words in Deep Blue by Cath CrowleyYoung Adult Fiction, 2017
Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century by Richard McGregorNonfiction, 2018
Blindness and Rage : A Phantasmagoria by Brian CastroPoetry, 2018
Border districts by Gerald MurnaneFiction, 2018
Pea Pod Lullaby by Glenda MillardChildren’s literature, 2018
This is my song by Richard YaxleyYoung Adult literature, 2018
The Bible in Australia: A cultural history by Meredith LakeAustralian history, 2019
The Death of Noah Glass by Gail JonesFiction, 2019
Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964 (Biography) by Paul GenoniNon-fiction, 2019
His Name Was Walter by Emily RoddaChildren's literature, 2019
Sun Music by Judith BeveridgePoetry, 2019
The things that will not stand by Michael Gerard BauerYoung adult literature, 2019
Cooee Mittigar by Jasmine SeymourChildren’s literature ∙ 2020
How It Feels to Float by Helena FoxYA literature, 2020
The lost arabs by Omar SakrPoetry, 2020
Meeting the Waylo : Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago by Tiffany ShellamAustralian history, 2020
Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina ThompsonNonfiction, 2020
Songspirals: Sharing women's wisdom of Country through songlines by Gay'wu Group of WomenNonfiction, 2020
The Yield by Tara June WinchFiction, 2020
Fly on the Wall by Remy LaiChildren's Literature, 2021
How To Make A Bird by Meg McKinlayChildren's Literature, 2021
The Labyrinth by Amanda LohreyFiction, 2021
Metal Fish, Falling Snow by Cath MooreYoung Adult, 2021
People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia by Grace KarskensAustralian History, 2021
The Stranger Artist: Life at the Edge of Kimberley Painting by Quentin SpragueNonfiction, 2021
The Strangest Place: New and Selected Poems by Stephen EdgarPoetry, 2021

Award description

The Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards (PMLA) were announced at the end of 2007 by the incoming Rudd Ministry following the 2007 election. They are administered by the Minister for the Arts.

The awards were designed as "a new initiative celebrating the contribution of Australian literature to the nation's cultural and intellectual life." The awards are held annually and provide a tax-free prize of A$100,000 in each category, making it Australia's richest literary award in total, and among the richest literary prizes in the world. The award is given in the four categories of fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children's fiction, as selected by three judging panels. "The awards are open to works written by Australian citizens and permanent residents. Authors, publishers and literary agents are eligible to enter works, first published in the calendar year prior to the awards."[


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