Finalists for Melbourne Prize for Literature and Best Writing Awards announced

by - September 5th, 2012

The finalists for this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature and Best Writing Award have been announced.

The finalists for the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature, presented to a Victorian author ‘whose body of published or produced work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature, as well as to cultural and intellectual life’, are:

  • Alison Lester
  • Robert Manne
  • Alex Miller
  • Joanna Murray-Smith
  • Peter Temple

The finalists for the $30,000 Best Writing Award, presented for ‘a piece of published or produced work of outstanding clarity, originality and creativity by a Victorian writer’, are:

  • Blood (Tony Birch, UQP)
  • Piano Lessons (Anna Goldsworthy, Black Inc.)
  • The Children of the King (Sonya Hartnett, Penguin)
  • How to Make Gravy (Paul Kelly, Penguin)
  • The Cook (Wayne Macauley, Text)
  • Outside (David McCooey, Salt Publishing)
  • Past the Shallows (Favel Parrett, Hachette)
  • The Amateur Science of Love (Craig Sherborne, Text)
  • Mateship with Birds (Carrie Tiffany, Picador)
  • The English Class (Ouyang Yu, Transit Lounge).

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on 7 November.

For more information about the awards, visit the Melbourne Trust Prize website.

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