Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Simon Crean have launched the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
. I thought writers and poets may be interested in some information.
Call for entries:
This year sees the introduction of a new award for poetry and the incorporation of the Prize For Australian History to further acknowledge the valuable contribution all genres of literature and history make to our cultural identity.
Entries are now invited for the categories of adult fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, poetry, young adult fiction and children's fiction. The winner of each award will receive $80,000 tax-free and shortlisted entries will receive $5,000 tax-free.
Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry:
A poetry category has been introduced to reflect the significant contribution poetry makes to Australia’s literary landscape and to the Australian identity. Collections of poems by up to two poets first published in book form between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011 are eligible for entry. Prose novels will be eligible in both the poetry category and one of the fiction categories.
Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History:
The Prime Minister’s Prize For Australian History is the nation’s pre-eminent award for excellence in Australian history and is awarded annually for an outstanding body of work that contributes significantly to an understanding of Australian history.
Works first published, produced or broadcast between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011 are eligible to enter and may include a published book, film or radio documentary, CD-ROM, DVD, other form of multimedia or a series of these works. Australian History Prize entries may also be entered in the non-fiction category.
Judging panels announced:
The 2012 judging panels for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards bring together eleven industry professionals including published authors, award-winning journalists, publishers, literary critics and university Fellows.
Submitting an entry:
Entries close on 1 February 2012. Online entry forms and the 2012 guidelines are now available on PM Literary Awards
Submit your entries as early as possible. You can also follow the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on Twitter.
Give it a go and best of luck!