2011 Tasmanian Book Prizes winners announced

Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan has won the top award at this year’s Tasmania Book Prizes, presented as part of the Ten Days on the Island festival.

Flanagan was awarded the $25,000 prize for best book with Tasmanian content in any genre for his book Wanting (Vintage).

The $5000 Margaret Scott Prize for best book by a Tasmanian writer was awarded to Kathryn Lomer for her young adult novel What Now, Tilda B? (UQP).

The University of Tasmania prize for best book by a Tasmanian publisher, also worth $5000, was awarded to independent publisher Pardalote Press for Postcards from the Asylum by Karen Knight.

Judge Anna Johnston from the University of Tasmania praised the strength and diversity in this year’s awards, which attracted close to 70 entries.

‘The rich, imaginative and intellectual climate that Tasmania provides for its writers has been evident across the books submitted for the prizes,’ said Johnston.

The Tasmania Book Prizes are presented biennially by the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania and the University of Tasmania in association with Ten Days on the Island. The awards are designed to recognise excellence in writing about Tasmania, and by Tasmanian writers and publishers. The titles shortlisted for this year’s awards can be seen here.