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2014 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists announced

The Prime Minister and Minister for the Arts have announced the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists. Read the media release—2014 Prime Ministers Literary Awards Shortlists.

The Prime Minister and Minister for the Arts said, "The 2014 shortlists feature some of Australia's most significant and recognised writers, as well as gifted debut authors across all six award categories: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction and children's fiction.

"The shortlists span many genres, styles and subjects, reflecting on contemporary Australian life, significant moments in Australian and world history as well as gripping readers with fictional stories that captivate young and old readers alike.

"These thirty books have become part of the contemporary Australian literary canon."

The 2014 shortlists are:


A World of Other People - Steven Carroll (Harper Collins)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia)
The Night Guest - Fiona McFarlane (Penguin: Hamish Hamilton)
Coal Creek - Alex Miller (Allen & Unwin)
Belomor- Nicolas Rothwell (The Text Publishing Company)

Poetry shortlist

Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call - Melinda Smith (Pitt Street Poetry)
1953 - Geoff Page (University of Queensland Press Poetry Series)
Chains of Snow - Jakob Ziguras (Pitt Street Poetry)
Eldershaw- Stephen Edgar (Black Pepper)
Tempo - Sarah Day (Puncher & Wattmann Poetry)

Non-fiction shortlist

Moving Among Strangers - Gabrielle Carey (University of Queensland Press)
Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John - Helen Trinca (The Text Publishing Company)
Rendezvous with Destiny - Michael Fullilove (The Penguin Press)
The Lucky Culture - Nick Cater (Harper Collins Publishers)
Citizen Emperor - Philip Dwyer (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Prize for Australian History shortlist

Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War - Joan Beaumont (Allen & Unwin)
Australia’s Secret War: How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II - Hal G.P. Colebatch (Quadrant Books)
Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy - Michael Pembroke (Hardie Grant Books Australia)
First Victory 1914 - Mike Carlton (A William Heinemann book by Random House Australia The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka - Clare Wright (The Text Publishing Company)

Australia's richest literary awards offer prizes of $80,000 tax free to the winner of each category and $5000 tax free to each shortlisted title.

Young adult fiction shortlist

The Incredible Here and Now - Felicity Castagna (Giramondo Publishing Company) Pureheart - Cassandra Golds (Penguin Group) The First Third - Will Kostakis (Penguin Group) Life in Outer Space - Melissa Keil (Hardie Grant Egmont) Girl Defective - Simmone Howell (Pan Macmillan)

Children’s fiction shortlist

Silver Buttons - Bob Graham (Walker Books (UK)) Kissed by the Moon - Alison Lester (Puffin) Rules of Summer- Shaun Tan (A Lothian Children’s Book by Hachette Australia) Song for a Scarlet Runner - Julie Hunt (Allen & Unwin) My Life as an Alphabet - Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)

About the Awards

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards have been recognising excellence in Australian literature since 2008. In that time 137 books have been shortlisted and 24 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.

Three judging panels will soon be announced to judge the entries and recommend shortlists and winners for each of the six Awards.

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