Finalists for Melbourne Prize for Literature and Best Writing Awards announced

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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Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.