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ENTRIES CLOSED

Thank you for visiting the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015 & Awards. Entries are now closed.

Finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, the Best Writing Award 2015 and the Writers Prize 2015 will be announced on this website on September 2.

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MELBOURNE PRIZE 2015 NEWS

Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 program launched. For more information visit www.mwf.com.au
Posted on 24 July

Entries closed. Finalists announced September 2.
Posted on 20 July

Sofie Laguna wins the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Eye of the Sheep (Allen & Unwin) – congratulations! Visit www.milesfranklin.com.au
Posted on 24 June



TWITTER FEED
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MELBOURNE PRIZE TRUST

The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015 and Awards are one of the most valuable literature prizes in Australia.

The finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, the Best Writing Award 2015, plus the new category to continue our 10th anniversary celebration – the Writers Prize 2015 – will be announced on this website on September 2, when voting for the Civic Choice Award 2015 will commence.

A residency at The University of Melbourne will be offered along with Qantas international air travel, provided to the recipient of the Best Writing Award 2015.

To showcase the work of the finalists and engage the public with the abundant literary talent in Victoria, the finalists in each category will be exhibited at Federation Square between 9 and 23 November 2015, where a free catalogue will be available. Voting for the $6,000 Civic Choice Award 2015 will also be possible at the exhibition.

Federation Square is the exhibition and events partner and 'home' of the annual Melbourne Prize. This long-term partnership makes it possible for the public, visiting the free public exhibition each November, to engage with abundant talent in literature, music and (urban) sculpture as part of the annual Melbourne Prize three-year cycle. It provides artists with public exposure in one of the country's most visited public spaces.

In our 11th year, the Melbourne Prize Trust appreciates Federation Square's generous support, which enhances our creative resources and provides opportunities to promote our abundant artistic talent through the annual Melbourne Prize.




We are pleased to have the Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria, and the City of Melbourne as partners.

We proudly support Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, which recognises the importance of literature in the city and state and the important role writers played, and continue to play, in the cultural life of our community. We look forward to promoting and developing literature in our community and providing opportunities for writers.

We proudly support Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature and look forward to demonstrating the importance of literature in our community and providing opportunities for writers.

The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015 and Awards are made possible this year through the generous support of our partners and patrons - thank you one and all for your valuable community investment in literature.

Thank you to the literary sector and the many organisations, publications and websites who have generously helped the Trust raise awareness of our 2015 program.

Simon H Warrender
Executive Director & Founder
Melbourne Prize Trust


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Prize & Awards summary

Entries are now closed


This section provides a summary of the 2015 Prize and Awards.

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Melbourne Prize for
Literature 2015

$60,000 cash


Supported by The Vera Moore Foundation and The Tallis Foundation.



The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015 is for a Victorian author whose body of published work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature and to cultural and intellectual life.

The author’s work can include all genres and forms, for example, fiction, non-fiction, essays, plays, screenplays and poetry. There is no age limit for this prize.

Entrants must be commercially published authors.

 



Best Writing Award 2015

$30,000 + $2,500 Qantas airfare credit


Supported by its sole patron, The Robert Salzer Foundation.


The Best Writing Award 2015 is for a published work of outstanding clarity, originality and creativity by a Victorian writer.

The work can be any genre for example, fiction, non-fiction, essays, plays, screenplays and poetry. There is no age limit for this award.

The recipient of this award will also receive Qantas International air travel to the value of $2,500 (including GST).

Entrants must be commercially published authors.

Writers Prize 2015

$20,000 + $2,000 each for five finalists


Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, in association with the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.





The Writers Prize 2015 is a new category made available this year to continue the 10th anniversary celebrations of the annual Melbourne Prize.

Entrants to the Writers Prize 2015 must submit, by the close of entries (20 July 2015), an essay of up to 20,000 words (minimum 10,000 words).

The essay must include Melbourne, Victoria or Australia as part of its subject. Submitted work in the Prize must not have been commercially published.

Five (5) finalists will be selected by the judges, who will be announced on 2 September. A $2,000 fee (including GST) will be given to each of the five finalists.The winning author will receive the Writers Prize 2015, valued at $20,000.

Entrants must be commercially published authors.

Civic Choice Award 2015

$6,000


Supported by Readings and Hardie Grant Books.



A public exhibition of the finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, the Best Writing Award 2015 and the Writers Prize 2015 will be held at Federation Square between 9 and 23 November 2015.

This award will be given to the finalist with the highest number of public votes. Votes can be made using the online voting form, available at melbourneprize.org from the announcement of finalists on 2 September to the close of the Federation Square exhibition on 23 November. A voting form will also be available in the free catalogue, available during the exhibition.

The announcement of the winner of the Civic Choice Award 2015 will be made on 27 November 2015 at melbourneprize.org



Residency


Supported by The University of Melbourne.



A residency at the School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne will be awarded, at the discretion of the judges, to either the recipient of the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, the Best Writing Award 2015 or the Writers Prize 2015.

"We look forward to recognising, rewarding and providing opportunities for Victorian writers"

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Key Dates
Entries Open
18 May 2015

Entries Close
20 July 2015


All announcements will be made at melbourneprize.org
2015 Finalists Announced
2 September 2015

Finalist Exhibition
9 to 23 November 2015
Winners Announced
11 November 2015

Civic Choice Award 2015 Announcement
27 November 2015
Judges


Lisa Dempster

Artistic Director & CEO
Melbourne Writers Festival





Craig Sherborne

Writer


Helen Garner

Writer






Michael Williams

Director
The Wheeler Centre
Photo courtesy of Lee Sandwith


Mark Rubbo OAM

Managing Director
Readings Books Music and Film
Past Winners


Alex Miller

Melbourne Prize
for Literature 2012




Gerald Murnane

Melbourne Prize
for Literature 2009




Helen Garner

Melbourne Prize
for Literature 2006


Images courtesy of Melbourne Prize Trust

Click here for the annual Melbourne
Prize Alumni 2005 to 2014.


Craig Sherborne

Best Writing Award 2012
The Amateur Science of Love
(Text, 2011)




Nam Le

Best Writing Award 2009
The Boat (Penguin, 2008)




Christos Tsiolkas

Best Writing Award 2006
Dead Europe (Random House, 2005)
Photo by Monica Ali



Tony Birch

Civic Choice Award 2012
Blood (UQP, 2011)




Amra Pajalic

Civic Choice Award 2009
The Good Daughter (Text, 2009)




Henry von Doussa

Civic Choice Award 2006
The Park Bench
(Thompson Walker, 2005)

Partners and Patrons
About

The annual Melbourne Prize


Launched in 2004, the Melbourne Prize Trust recognises and rewards excellence and talent, inspires creative development and enriches public life. The Trust achieves these aims by running the annual Melbourne Prize, which is funded by a collaboration of partners and patrons.

To date, approximately $1 million has been made available to Victorian artists via the annual Melbourne Prize, plus exhibitions, residencies and international travel. The Trust is an Income Tax Exempt Charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

The annual Melbourne Prize is one of the most valuable creative development initiatives of its kind in Australia. It runs on a three-year cycle and rewards sculptors, writers and musicians in turn.

The current cycle is:
/ Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2014)

/ Melbourne Prize for Literature (2015)

/ Melbourne Prize for Music (2016)

The annual Melbourne Prize is unique, celebrating artistic excellence under the banner of Melbourne.

The major event of the annual Melbourne Prize is the free two-week public exhibition of finalists work and the prize announcement held each November at Federation Square. The public can vote for a finalist to win the Civic Choice Award. The exhibition increases the public’s exposure and access to the creativity of our community and enhances Melbourne’s reputation as a cultural capital.

The origins of the Trust date back to the establishment of the children’s garden precinct at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the commissioning of The Magic Pudding sculpture in 2000. Proceeds from the sale of limited edition miniatures of this landmark sculpture contribute to the Trust.


Image courtesy of Cornwell Design
Miniatures are handmade by Fundere Fine Art Foundry


Please contact the Melbourne Prize Trust on (03) 9696 4410 to purchase a miniature.

History


The Melbourne Prize Trust was established as an Income Tax Exempt Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient in 2004 and commenced the annual Melbourne Prize in 2005.

The founder of the Trust, Simon Warrender, announced the annual Melbourne Prize, following the unveiling of his project being the commissioning of The Magic Pudding sculpture, as a centerpiece of a new children’s garden precinct in Melbourne’s CBD.

The prize is established to provide opportunities for artists and recognise and reward excellence and talent, inspire creative development and enrich public life.

Proceeds from the sale of miniatures of the Royal Botanic Garden’s sculpture of The Magic Pudding contribute to the Melbourne Prize Trust. Click here to order a miniature.

The first three year cycle of the annual Melbourne Prize commenced with the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2005. The Trust funds the annual Melbourne Prize through cross-sector partnerships from the government and private sectors, and private patrons. The annual Melbourne Prize is open to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents and residents of the State of Victoria. The home of the annual Melbourne Prize is Federation Square, where an exhibition of finalists, according to each cycle, is held each November. All recipients are announced on this website.

Click here for more information about making a tax-deductible donation to the Melbourne Prize Trust.

Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in the annual Melbourne Prize.

The annual Melbourne Prize was founded by Simon Warrender with the foundation assistance of the Committee for Melbourne.



Donations


The Melbourne Prize Trust is supported by tax-deductible public donations to the Melbourne Prize Fund and corporate sponsorship. The Trust is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient status for the Melbourne Prize Fund.

The Melbourne Prize Fund is used, along with sponsors and patrons, to contribute to the activities of the Melbourne Prize Trust and annual Melbourne Prize.

Click here for contact details to enquire about making a tax-deductible donation to the Melbourne Prize Fund.

Governance


Melbourne Prize Trust
ABN 46 190 726 471

Melbourne Prize Limited as Trustee for Melbourne Prize Trust
ACN 107 593 868

Directors
Dr Janine Kirk AM
Chairman
Simon H Warrender
Executive Director, Founder and Secretary
Professor Andrea Hull AO
Pamela M Warrender OAM
David Laidlaw

Management Committee
Dr Janine Kirk AM
Chief Executive – The Prince’s Charities Australia
Anthony Poynton
Partner, Minter Ellison Lawyers
Simon H Warrender
Executive Director and Founder, Melbourne Prize Limited

Auditor
Grant Thornton



Simon Warrender
Simon, as a Bachelor of Business and Grad. Dip. in Applied Science, has extensive experience in the financial and aviation sectors and is the founder and Executive Director of the Melbourne Prize Trust. He has established a number of public benefit projects.

Dr Janine Kirk AM
Janine has over 30 years of senior management experience in both the private and public sectors. Over the last decade Janine has been a Ministerial appointee to an extensive range of State Government Committees, Councils and Boards in sectors as diverse as industry, marketing & branding, innovation, tourism and events, community development, infrastructure, finance, education, drug prevention, international trade and urban planning.

Professor Andrea Hull AO
Professor Andrea Hull AO has had a distinguished career in the arts, cultural policy, and arts education in Chief Executive and Board advisory roles in Federal and State Government, and in education. Andrea has served on a wide variety of Federal and State Boards covering cultural, health promotion, cultural and public diplomacy, urban renewal and design, tourism, and innovation agendas.

Pamela M Warrender OAM
Pamela has had extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector over many decades and played a foundation role in the Australian modern arts movement. Pamela is the founder of the Committee for Melbourne and a published author.

David Laidlaw
David Laidlaw is a litigation partner and former CEO with a leading Australian law firm. David has served on a number arts company boards and was instrumental in fostering his law firm’s support of Australian artists, including its sponsorship of artists selected to represent Australia at the Venice Biennales. He was also responsible for the establishment of his firm major art prize.
Contact Us


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Telephone (03) 9696 4410
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The Melbourne Prize Trust is an Income Tax Exempt Charity with
Deductible Gift Recipient Status and runs
the annual Melbourne Prize.