Entries open for Prime Minister's Literary Awards

The 2021 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, which recognize Australia’s outstanding literary talent, are now open for entries.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison strongly encouraged writers to put their unique stories forward for this year’s Awards,

“Last year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards again highlighted the diverse literary contributions we have in Australia,” the Prime Minister said.

“The Awards provide us with the opportunity to celebrate the significant contribution literature, history and poetry have in connecting us to Australian voices and our story as a nation. “

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the Awards pay homage to the valuable contribution Australian writing makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life.

“The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards identifies Australia’s pre-eminent writers each year, showcases their works, and provides national recognition for their talent,” Minister Fletcher said.

The Awards are presented in six categories – children's literature, young adult literature, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history – with a total prize pool of $600,000.

Entries, which close on Friday 26 March are sought for books published in the 2020 calendar year.

For more information about the Awards and entry guidelines, visit: PM's Literary Awards