NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlists 2017


Today the shortlists for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards were announced. The winners being announced on 22 May, which doesn’t leave people a lot of time to read through their favourite shortlists. Personally, I won’t be getting to the poetry list (as I would like to), given I have my annual charity event taking place in central Australia from 15 May to 26 May, the timing isn’t right. I may get to the works at some later stage…stay tuned.

With twelve categories, there is plenty of reading for you to choose from.

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction

“Vancouver” #3 in the series Wisdom Tree by Nick Earles

“Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers” by Ryan O’Neill

“The Museum of Modern Love” by Heather Rose

“Where the Light Falls” by Gretchen Shirm

“After the Carnage” by Tara June Winch

“The Natural Way of Things” by Charlotte Wood

UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing

“The Memory Artist” by Katherine Brabon

“Letter to Pessoa” by Michelle Cahill

“Dodge Rose” by Jack Cox

“Our Magic Hour” by Jennifer Down

“Portable Curiosities” by Julie Koh

“The Bonobo’s Dream” by Rose Mulready

Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction

“Everywhere I Look” by Helen Garner

“Talking To My Country” by Stan Grant

“The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft” by Tom Griffiths

“Avalanche” by Julia Leigh

“Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead” by Thornton McCamish

“Prince of Darkness:The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire” by Shane White

Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry

“Ghostspeaking” by Peter Boyle

“Burnt Umber” by Paul Hetherington

“Breaking the Days” by Jill Jones

“Fragments” by Antigone Kefala

“Firebreaks:Poems” by John Kinsella

“Comfort Food” by Ellen Van Neerven

Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature

“Elegy” by Jane Abbott

“The Ghost by the Billabong” by Jackie French

“The Sidekicks” by Will Kostakis

“One Thousand Hills” by James Roy and Noël Zihabamwe

“The Boundless Sublime” by Lili Wilkinson

“One Would Think the Deep” by Claire Zorn

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature

“Magrit” by Lee Battersby, illustrated by Amy Daoud

“Something Wonderful” by Raewyn Caisley and Karen Blair

“Desert Lake” by Pamela Freeman and Liz Anelli

“Iris and the Tiger” by Leanne Hall

“Figgy and the President” by Tasmin Janu

“Welcome to Country” by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy

Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting

“The Hanging” by Angela BEtzien

“You and Me and the Space Between” by Finegan Fruckmeyer

“The Drover’s Wife” by Leah Purcell

“Ladies Day” by Alana Valentine

Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting

“The Code, Series 2 Episode 4” by Shelley Birse

“Sucker” by Lawrence Leung and Ben Chessell

“Down Under” by Abe Forsythe

“The Kettering Incident Episode 1” by Victoria Madden

“Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War” by Victoria Midwinter Pitt

“Cleverman, Episode 5 ‘Terra Nullius’” by Michael Miller

Multicultural Award NSW

“The Hate Race” by Maxine Beneba Clarke

“Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru” by Madeline Gleeson

“Not Quite Australian; How Temporary Migration is Changing the Nation” by Peter Mares

“Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea” by Marie Munkara

“Promising Azra” by Helen Thurloe

“The Fighter: A True Story” by Arnold Zable

NSW Premier’s Translation Prize

J.M.Q. Davies

Penny Hueston

Jennifer Lindsay

Royall Tyler

Multicultural NSW Early Career Translator Prize

Jan Owen

Christopher Williams

Indigenous Writer’s Prize – Biennial prize next awarded in 2018


Best wishes to all the nominees, with $310,000 in prizemoney on offer, may the awards provide some well needed income.

3 thoughts on “NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlists 2017

  1. I’m pleased to see “The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft” by Tom Griffiths on this list. I haven’t seen it in my local bookshops yet, so maybe this will prompt them to get it in:)

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  2. Bull Days by Tina Giannoukos should be in the poetry category. It is by far the best poetry collection released in the last year.


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