PM's Literary Awards

The 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are now open for entries.

Eligible authors, poets and historians are encouraged to enter Australia’s richest literary prize.  The winner of each Award receives $80,000 tax-free and shortlisted titles receive $5,000 tax-free.

The 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are open in six categories:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Non-fiction
  • Australian history
  • Young adult fiction
  • Children’s fiction

To be eligible for a prize, entrants must be living Australian citizens or permanent residents.  Entries must have been first published in English between 1 January and 31 December 2014 and offered for general sale in Australia between these dates.

Please review the eligibility checklist and 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards guidelines before starting the online entry form.

Complete the online entry form or download the form below and submit it to

Entries close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Saturday 28 February 2015.

About the Awards

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards have been recognising excellence in Australian literature since 2008. In that time 167 books have been shortlisted and 33 books have won.

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognise and reward excellence in Australian literature and history.

These Awards play an important role in celebrating the outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life.

The winner of each award category receives a prize of $80,000 tax free and each shortlisted title receives $5,000 tax free.

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