Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists announced
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Simon Crean have announced the shortlists for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
In an Awards year bigger than ever before, the 2012 shortlists include some of the strongest literary talent in Australia today from critically-acclaimed authors to first-time novelists.
Ms Gillard and Mr Crean congratulated the shortlisted authors and producers noting that this was a very competitive year for the Awards with over five hundred entries across all the categories including the inaugural poetry award and the newly incorporated Prize for Australian History.
The shortlists include a diverse range of entries from richly illustrated children’s books to powerful documentaries with themes as broad ranging as alienation, family conflict, Indigenous history, memoirs and magical worlds.
In particular, the shortlist for the inaugural poetry award – a welcome and important introduction to the Awards – includes strong and innovative works, continuing Australia’s rich tradition of the poetic voice.
This year’s entries include representation from publishers of all sizes from small ‘micro’-publishers to multinational publishers.