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4 June 2019 - 2018 Western Australian Premierís Book Awards Shortlist Announced

Minister for Culture and the Arts, David Templeman announced the shortlist for the 2018 Western Australian Premierís Book Awards today.

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

This year there are four awards:

  • The Premierís Prize for an Emerging Writer Award ($15,000) for the first published work of prose, poetry or narrative nonfiction, in any genre.
  • The Premierís Prize for Writing for Children Award ($15,000) for a work of prose, poetry or narrative nonfiction written for children (0 to 12 years of age), in any genre.
  • The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and YA Writing administered and presented by Magabala Books. ($15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books) for a new unpublished manuscript for a work of junior and young adult fiction, including graphic novels, by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • 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.

Other than the Daisy Utemorrah Award, all the awards are only open to Western Australian authors.

The winners of the 2018 Premierís Book Awards will be announced on Friday 26 July 2019 during the Disrupted Festival of Ideas at the State Library of Western Australia.

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

Emerging Writer Shortlist

if i tell you Alicia Tuckerman (Pantera Press)
The Rúin Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Sky Runs Right Through Us Reneé Pettitt-Schipp (UWA publishing)
The Wounded Sinner Gus Henderson (Magabala Books)
You belong here Laurie Steed (Margaret River Press)

 If I tell You - Alice Tuckerman The Ruin - Dervla McTiernan The Sky Runs Right Through - Renee Petitt Schip The Wounded Sinner - Gus Henderson You Belong Here - Laurie Steed

Writing for Children Shortlist

Grandpa, Me and Poetry, written by Sally Morgan and illustrated by Craig Smith (Scholastic Australia)
The Happiness Box, written by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Andrew McLean (Walker Books Australia)
The Hole Story, written and illustrated by Kelly Canby (Fremantle Press)
How to Win a Nobel Prize, co-authored by Barry Marshall and Lorna Hendry, with illustrations by Bernard Caleo (Piccolo Nero, Schwartz Publishing Pty Ltd)
Puddle Hunters, written by Kirsty Murray and illustrated by Karen Blair (Allen & Unwin)

Grandpa Me & PoetryThe Happiness BoxKelly-Canby-The-Hole-StoryHow to win a Nobel PrizePuddle Hunters

The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and YA Writing Shortlist

  • Paul Callaghan, ĎCoincidenceí
  • Kirli Saunders, ĎMother Speaksí
  • Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler, ĎTracks of the Missingí

Fellowship Shortlist

  • A.J. Betts
  • Amanda Curtin
  • Craig Silvey
  • Kylie Howarth
  • Madelaine Dickie