Entry guidelines & information

The Entry Form provides all the information required to enter the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2024 & Awards.
An entry fee of $45 (including GST) is required for the categories that are selected.

PLEASE NOTE. Before completing an entry, please read the following information carefully and then click on the ENTER NOW button below to go to the Entry Form.

Click here for the prize and award categories.

Entry criteria

  • The online Entry Form will close at 5pm sharp on 1 July. Late entries will NOT be accepted.
  • Entrants must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, and a resident of the State of Victoria.
  • The criteria for the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2024 & Awards are outlined on the website and in this section of the Entry Form.
  • Any work submitted as part the information provided in an entry must be the original work of the author.
  • Entry can be made by an individual author or by nomination by a publisher, agent or other.
  • Entrants must be published authors, outlined in their submitted resume.

General entry considerations

  • By completing the Declaration in the Entry Form entrants warrant that they will comply with the stated Guidelines of the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2024 & Awards.
  • The prize categories will be awarded according to their specified criteria to one winner selected from the finalists. No Prize and no Prize funds will be awarded jointly to or shared between finalists.
  • If any part of the entry process has not been adhered to the Melbourne Prize Trust reserves the right to reject or not accept an entry.
  • All entries will be handled in accordance with current privacy legislation in a secured online environment and only be seen by the judging panel.
  • The Melbourne Prize Trust, with the permission of the entrant or nominator, may request the use of the finalist’s entry material for media, promotions or exhibiting during the competition period.
  • Copyright of information submitted in an entry remains with the entrant.
  • The entrant or nominator must ensure that they have all copyright permissions and any other relevant authorisations for information provided in an application before entering.
  • Entrants in the Prize warrant they do not violate copyright of or any other right in relation to entered work.
  • Entered material must not infringe any existing copyright or contain material that is defamatory or otherwise unlawful.

Judging information

  • Four finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2024 and five finalists in The Writers Prize 2024 will be selected by the judging panel and announced on 4 September on the website.
  • Winners in each category will be announced on the website on 14 November. The runner-up finalists in each category will receive $1,000 (incl. GST).
  • There are no finalists in The Falls Creek Writers Residencies 2024 – the winners will be announced on the website on 14 November.
  • All non-winning entrants will be contacted prior to announcements.
  • An exhibition of finalists will be developed, in conjunction with the finalists, to showcase their careers as authors and will be available to the public at Fed Square between 30 October to 14 November.
  • The recipients of the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2024 & Awards and finalist fees are advised to seek professional advice regarding their GST or other tax obligations concerning their winnings.
  • The Trust can request further material or information from an entrant or nominator.

Conflicts of interest

  • A procedure will be in place during the judging process to handle any conflict of interest should it arise. No conflict of interest by an entrant is permitted.
  • Where there is a conflict of interest, eligibility issue or an information request that has not been complied with or is such other circumstance as the judges determine in the judging process, the Trust reserves the right to reject or not accept an entry or allocate the Prize or Awards. The entrant will be notified prior to the announcement of finalists and the entry material returned.


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