A message from the executive director of the Melbourne Prize Trust

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the Melbourne Prize Trust operates, the People of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respects to the elders, past, present and future.

This year we celebrate 20 years of the annual Melbourne Prize.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our funding partners, entrants, finalists, winners, judges, our Board and staff and the many sector organisations that have supported us from inception. The annual Melbourne Prize exemplifies what collective community investment can achieve to support our arts and culture.

This year we offer the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2024 & Awards. The four categories, plus a new award this year, are outlined on this website under Prizes, which includes the Entry Form. I would like to thank the prize and award partners who have generously supported each category.

Entries are now open and will close at 5pm on July 1st. Finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2024 and The Writers Prize 2024 will be announced on this website on September 4, when public voting for the Civic Choice Award 2024 will open. People who cast a vote in the Civic Choice Award 2024 will have a chance of winning a $100 Readings gift voucher.

Melbourne is a UNESCO City of Literature and we proudly promote this valuable designation this year and the abundant literary talent we have in Victoria.

This year’s program will provide opportunities to Victorian published authors to develop their careers, as well as showcasing the literary sector to the sector. An exhibition of the work of the finalists will be on show at our Event Partner Fed Square from October 30 to November 14.

Thank you for your interest in our activates and please keep an eye on this website for all announcements.

Simon Warrender OAM
Executive Director & Founder
Melbourne Prize Trust

Supporting Victorian sculptors,
writers and musicians since 2005




Entries are open.

  • Melbourne Prize for Literature 2024 — $60,000 + $1,000 to runner-up finalists
  • The Writers Prize 2024 — $10,000 + $1,000 to runner-up finalists
  • The Falls Creek Writers Residencies 2024 — two x 3-week residencies at Falls Creek
  • Civic Choice Award 2024 — $1,500

Click here for the prize categories
Click here to go to the Entry Form & Guidelines
Click here for the judges
Click here for the Media Release 

Thank you to our 2024 partners and patrons – please see below. 


Support the annual Melbourne Prize.

The annual Melbourne Prize, which is run by the Melbourne Prize Trust, is funded through public and private sector community investment and we acknowledge and thank all our partners this year who have made it possible to offer the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2023.

Click here to support Melbourne Prize Trust

This year’s design identity and website is made possible by the generous support of the following partners.


PLAYGROUND studios are a leading Melbourne-based design studio. As a Founding Partner of the annual Melbourne Prize, the studio develops the identity each year for music, literature and (urban) sculpture.

About the 2024 design
The visuals created by PLAYGROUND are inspired by literature as an artform—both in the storytelling and letters themselves. For this year’s design, our creative team have used simple words and letters to create a kaleidoscope of arrangements and shapes, each with a depth and dimension akin to the immersive narratives and sensory experiences of great literature.


The Mighty Wonton are Founding Partners of the annual Melbourne Prize and have been with the Melbourne Prize Trust since inception. The company develop and manage IT for the Melbourne Prize and together with PLAYGROUND, design and manage the website.

Key Dates

Entries open
29 April 2024

Entries close
1 July 2024, 5pm sharp

Finalists announced /
Voting opens in Civic Choice Award 2024 

4 September 2024

Winner announced
14 November 2024 on this website, 6.30pm

Civic Choice Award 2024 /
Voting closes 

10 November 2024, 5pm

Public exhibition at Fed Square
30 October to 14 November 2024

Partners & Patrons