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A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MELBOURNE PRIZE TRUST

The shortlist for the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 and $15,000 Writer’s Prize 2021 has been announced here today – please see Announcements.

PUBLIC VOTING for the $3,000 Civic Choice Award 2021 is now open on this website. The finalist from the shortlist announced today with the highest number of public votes will win the Award.

Voters have a chance to win a $100 Readings Gift Voucher. The winner of the Civic Choice Award 2021 will be announced on this website on November 11.

We would like to acknowledge the dedication of the 2021 judges and thank all entrants and nominators for their time and effort in submitting this year.

Thank you to the literary sector and the many organisations, publications and websites who have generously helped raise awareness of and supported our 2021 program.

The winners in all three categories will be announced at our online broadcast at 6pm on November 10 — keep an eye on this website for further details. There are no finalists in the $20,000 Professional Development Award 2021. Finalist receive $1,000, which is supported by Fed Square.

The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 & Award provide opportunities for Victorian published authors, raises awareness of the abundant literary talent in our community and helps develop the sector, especially during this challenging time.

Now in its 17th year, the annual Melbourne Prize continues its objective to demonstrate the importance of literature, music and (urban) sculpture in our community and to recognize and reward talent.

The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 and Awards are made possible through the generous support of our many partners and patrons who can be seen on this website — thank you one and all for your valuable community investment in literature.

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

Thank you for visiting our website.

Simon Warrender
Executive Director & Founder
Melbourne Prize Trust

ANNOUNCEMENTS

For information about each finalist, click here.

The $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 is for a Victorian published author whose body of published work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature and to cultural and intellectual life. The shortlisted authors are:

  • Jordie Albiston
  • Maxine Beneba-Clarke
  • Pi O
  • Christos Tsiolkas

The $15,000 Writer’s Prize 2021 will be awarded for an essay (10,000 words maximum) of outstanding originality, literary merit and creative freshness. The shortlisted essays are by:

  • Vivian Blaxell
  • Eloise Victoria Grills
  • David Sornig
  • Ouyang Yu

The essays of the four finalist have been published in Meanjin — click here.

VOTE FOR A FINALIST. Public voting for a finalist to win the $3,000 Civic Choice Award 2021 is  open — click here — voters have a chance to win a $100 Readings Gift Voucher.

There are no finalists in the $20,000 Professional Development Award 2021, which will be awards to a Victorian published author to fund a project/s, travel or other proposals that will assist them pursue their writing career. The winner be announced on November 10.

WINNER ANOUNCEMENTS. The winners in all three category will be announced on this website via an online broadcast at 6pm on November 10.

Click here for the media release.

 

Thank You

Thank you to our 2021 partners and patrons and the literary sector for supporting our activities this year.


2021 DESIGN BY PLAYGROUND

The art of spreading ideas and broadening perspectives falls to writers of all disciplines. These ideas flow outward and evolve as they spread, taking on an unpredictable life of their own. This intangible process has been visualised using typographic forms which slowly evolve into abstract patterns, representing the process of growth and progress.


WEBSITE BY THE MIGHTY WONTON


Melbourne is a UNESCO international City of Literature, which recognises the importance of literature and the central role that writers play in the cultural life of our community.


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.

Key Dates

ENTRIES OPEN
17 May 2021

ENTRIES CLOSE
19 July 2021 at 5pm

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED / VOTING OPEN FOR CIVIC CHOICE AWARD 2021
15 September 2021

WINNERS ANNOUNCED / FINALIST CATALOGUE RELEASED
10 November 2021 at 6pm at melbourneprize.org

CIVIC CHOICE AWARD 2021 WINNER ANNOUNCED
11 November 2021 at melbourneprize.org

PARTNERS & PATRONS

Thank you to our 2021 partners and patrons.