Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists announced for 2012

The shortlists for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction ($25,000)

  • Foal’s Bread (Gillian Mears, A&U)
  • A History of Books (Gerald Murnane, Giramondo)
  • The Cook (Wayne Macauley, Text)
  • Mateship with Birds (Carrie Tiffany, Picador)
  • All That I Am (Anna Funder, Penguin)
  • Cold Light (Frank Moorhouse, Vintage)

Nettie Palmer Prize for Nonfiction ($25,000)

  • The Biggest Estate on Earth (Bill Gammage, A&U)
  • The Hall of Uselessness (Simon Leys, Black Inc.)
  • Her Father’s Daughter (Alice Pung, Black Inc.)
  • Adelaide (Kerryn Goldsworthy, NewSouth)
  • 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and The Conquest of Australia(James Boyce, Black Inc.)
  • True North: The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack (Brenda Niall, Text)

Prize for Writing for Young Adults ($25,000)

  • All I Ever Wanted (Vikki Wakefield, Text)
  • The Shadow Girl (John Larkin, Woolshed Press)
  • The Shiny Guys (Doug MacLeod, Penguin

CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry ($25,000)

  • Southern Barbarians (John Mateer, Giramondo)
  • Vishvarupa (Michelle Cahill, Five Islands Press)
  • Armour (John Kinsella, Picador)

Louis Esson Prize for Drama ($25,000)

  • National Interest (Aiden Fennessy)
  • A Golem Story (Lally Katz)
  • Boxman (Daniel Keene).

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at a ceremony on 16 October.

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Clayton Wehner

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.