Prizes

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021

$60,000

Supported by The Vera Moore Foundation.

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 author’s work can include all genres, for example, fiction, non-fiction, essays, plays, screenplays and poetry.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ENTER THIS PRIZE

  • Authors can apply for this Prize in their own right or be nominated by publishers, agents or private individuals.
  • Entrants MUST be commercially published authors, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and a resident of the State of Victoria.
  • Copies of published work are NOT required for this category.
  • $1,000 (incl. GST) will be given to runner up finalists (supported by Fed Square).
  • This Prize will be given to a single author. No group entries are permitted.
  • A maximum of four (4) finalists will be announced on 15 September 2021 at melbourneprize.org
  • A virtual exhibition of finalists will be available from November 8 on this website.
  • The recipient of this Prize will be announced to the media and on this website on 10 November 2021.

ENTRY MATERIAL REQUIRED

  • A resume including a summary of the author’s published work.
  • A proposal of how the Prize funds will be used to benefit the career of the author.
  • Where an entry is by nomination, a commendation of the entrant must be provided by the nominator.

Professional Development Award 2021

$20,000

Supported by Melbourne Prize Trust.

This Award will be given to a Victorian published author to fund a project/s, travel or other proposals that will assist them pursue their writing career.

To be eligible for this category entrants must be commercially published authors and can be nominated by their publisher, agent or other.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ENTER THIS AWARD

  • Authors can apply for this Award in their own right or be nominated by publishers, agents or private individuals.
  • Entrants MUST be commercially published authors, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and a resident of the State of Victoria.
  • There are no finalists in this category.
  • A winner will be selected by the judging panel and announced on November 10 on this website.

ENTRY MATERIAL REQUIRED

  • A resume including a summary of the author’s published work.
  • A proposal of how the Award funds will be used by the entrant to pursue their writing career.
  • Where an entry is by nomination, a commendation of the entrant must be provided by the nominator.

The Writers Prize 2021

$15,000

Supported by its sole patron, the Robert Salzer Foundation.

The Writers Prize will be awarded to the winning author for an essay (10,000 maximum words) of outstanding originality, literary merit and creative freshness.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ENTER THIS PRIZE

  • Entrants to The Writers Prize 2021 are invited to submit an essay of up to 10,000 words.
  • The subject for the essay is open.
  • Submitted essay MUST NOT have been published or made publicly available.
  • Please refer to the PDF attachment function in the Entry Form to submit the essay.
  • Entrants MUST be commercially published authors, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and a resident of the State of Victoria.
  • The submitted essay may be entered via nomination by publishers, agents or private individuals.
  • A maximum of four (4) finalists will be announced on September 15 at melbourneprize.org
  • $1,000 (including GST) will be given to runner up finalists (supported by Fed Square).
  • The winning essay will be selected by the judges and announced to the media and on the Prize website on November 10.
  • A virtual exhibition of finalists will be available from November 8 on this website.

ENTRY MATERIAL REQUIRED

  • A resume including the entrant’s list of published works.
  • The essay – maximum 10,000 words – in PDF format.

Civic Choice Award 2021

$3,000

Supported by Hardie Grant Books and Readings.

This Award will be given to the finalist, from the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 or The Writers Prize 2021, with the highest number of public votes.

Votes can be made using the online Voting Form, which will be available at melbourneprize.org from the announcement of finalists on 15 September to November 10 at 5pm.

Past winners

2018

Alison Lester

Melbourne Prize
for Literature 2018

Maria Tumarkin

Best Writing Award 2018
Axiomatic (Penguin, 2021)

Jamie Marina Lau

Readings Residency Award 2018

Louise Milligan

Civic Choice Award 2018
Cardinal (MUP, 2017)

2015

Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM

Melbourne Prize
for Literature 2015
Photo by Robert Colvin

Andrea Goldsmith

Best Writing Award 2015
The Memory Trap (Fourth Estate, 2013)

Kate Ryan

Writers Prize 2015 & Residency
Essay: Psychotherapy for Normal People

Robyn Annear

Civic Choice Award 2015
Essay: Places Without Poetry

2012

Alex Miller

Melbourne Prize
for Literature 2012

Craig Sherborne

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

Tony Birch

Civic Choice Award 2012
Blood (UQP, 2011)

2009

Gerald Murnane

Melbourne Prize
for Literature 2009

Nam Le

Best Writing Award 2009
The Boat (Penguin, 2008)

Amra Pajalic

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

2006

Helen Garner

Melbourne Prize
for Literature 2006

Christos Tsiolkas

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

Henry von Doussa

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