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.

WELCOME

A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MELBOURNE PRIZE TRUST

The Melbourne Prize Trust is delighted to offer the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 and Awards.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for Victorian authors, raise awareness of the abundant literary talent in our community and help develop the sector.

The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 and Awards are made possible through the generous support of our many partners and patrons—thank you one and all for the valuable community investment in literature.

This year we have changed the category offering. The program includes the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021, the new $20,000 Professional Development Award 2021 and The $15,000 Writers Prize 2021.

Our Entry Form provides all the information required for entry—entries close July 19 at 5pm sharp. Other program information can be found on this website.

Voting for the $3,000 Civic Choice Award 2021 will open on September 15, when finalists are announced and close at 5pm on November 10, when the category winner are announced all on our website.

For the first time our finalist exhibition will be virtual, enabling a wide audience to learn about Victorian authors. The exhibition will be launched on November 8 at www.melbourneprize.org

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

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.

The Trust continues its objective to demonstrate the importance of literature in our community, to develop the sector and provide opportunities for Victorian writers.

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

Click here for information on the Melbourne Prize Trust.

Simon H Warrender
Executive Director & Founder
Melbourne Prize Trust

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ENTRIES NOW OPEN

  • Entries close July 19 at 5pm
  • Two new categories are on offer
  • Voting for the Civic Choice Award 2021 commences on September 15 on this website
  • Prize and Award winners announced on this website on 10 November
  • Finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 and Professional Development Award will receive $1,000 each (including GST)
  • All announcements will be made on this website
  • Click here for the Media Release
  • Thank you to our 2021 partners and patrons

 
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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


 

Key Dates

ENTRIES OPEN
17 May 2021

ENTRIES CLOSE
19 July 2021 at 5pm

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
15 September 2021

FINALIST EXHIBITION (ONLINE)
From 8 November 2021 at melbourneprize.org

WINNERS ANNOUNCED
10 November 2021 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.