Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists announced for 2022

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, have today announced the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists.

The Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional literary talents of established and emerging Australian writers, illustrators, poets and historians.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the shortlists capture a diverse range of voices from our country’s vibrant literary sector.

“It is fundamental that Australian writers, illustrators and historians continue to share their stories, connecting our people and pathing the way for reflection, education, entertainment and respect,” the Prime Minister said.

“These 30 shortlisted books demonstrate the major contribution literature makes in connecting Australians to our values, history and culture – and I congratulate these creatives for their excellent work.

“Being recognised through these prestigious awards helps build the international reputation of Australian creatives and puts Australia and its stories on the global map.”

Minister Burke said this year’s shortlisting presented a difficult challenge for the judges who had to carefully review many excellent entries and select 30 titles from more than 540 eligible entries.

“There is an extraordinary level of talent and creativity demonstrated in this year’s shortlisted books,” Minister Burke said.

“It’s important we get more Australian books into the hands of more readers, and these 30 shortlisted titles are the best place to start – they represent some of Australia’s highest level of literary excellence, and each promote a unique message or take us on a fascinating journey.

“I thank all entrants, and extend my gratitude to the judges for their expertise, professionalism and commitment to this thorough assessment process.”

Winners of the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards will be announced on Tuesday 13 December in Launceston, Tasmania.

For more information on the shortlists, including judging panel comments, visit: Prime Minister's Literary Awards