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The Western Australian Premierís Book Awards aims to support, develop and recognise excellence in writing.

For the 2018 Awards there will be four awards:

  • The Western Australian Writerís Fellowship ($60,000) designed to assist a Western Australian writer, of any genre, to develop their writing practice and give them the time to create new work.

  • The Premierís Prize for Writing for Children ($15,000) for a work of prose, poetry or narrative nonfiction written for children (0 to 12 years of age), in any genre, by an author residing in Western Australia.

  • The Premierís Prize for an Emerging Writer ($15,000) for the first published work of prose, poetry or narrative nonfiction, in any genre, by an author residing in Western Australia.

  • The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Indigenous Authors ($15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books) for a new unpublished manuscript for a work of junior and young adult fiction, including graphic novels, by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer Ė Australia wide.

The Awards will be open for entry on 2 January 2019 and will close at 5pm (WST) on 18 February 2019.

The Daisy Utemorrah Award will be administered by Magabala Books.

The winners of the 2018 Premierís Book Awards will be announced at the end of July 2019 during the Disrupted Festival of Ideas at the State Library of Western Australia.

Expressions of Interest for judges will be announced soon.

These awards have been made available by the Western Australian Government and are managed by the State Library of Western Australia.

Call for Expressions of Interest for Judges for Western Australian Premierís Book Awards

Applications are invited from persons interested in joining one of two small judging panels to administer the recently announced, restructured Western Australian Premierís Book Awards.. One panel will judge the books submitted in the two categories for written work; the other the applications for the Fellowship.

Your EOI should include a brief statement of your interest in this judging process, describe your expertise in any of the fields that the Awards cover, and include a brief CV. It should not exceed one A4 page.

All applications will be treated confidentially. Judges receive an honorarium and should be available for judging from mid-February to late May/early June, 2019. The Awards will be announced in late July at the Disrupted Festival of Ideas at the State Library of WA.

Please note if you are planning on submitting an entry for the awards you are ineligible to become a judge.

Email your EOI to the State Library of Western Australia at: premiersbookawards@slwa.wa.gov.au Expressions of interest close at 5pm (WST) Wednesday 30 January 2019.