The Melbourne Prize

Date: 
Monday, July 9, 2018 (All day)

Entries open for the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018

Victorian writers vie for $100,000 plus prize pool Victoria's vibrant literary community is sharpening up for big rewards as entries open today for one of Australia’s most prestigious and sought after literary prizes – the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 and Awards.

Valued at more than $100,000, the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 and Awards provides significant opportunities to reward and recognise published Victorian authors across all career stages and promote Melbourne as a lively UNESCO City of Literature. This year marks the 14th year of the annual Melbourne Prize, which runs in a three-year cycle to benefit and demonstrate the importance of the creative sectors in Victoria in literature, music and urban sculpture.

This year’s program will offer three award categories, as well as a public voting award. An exciting new award; a residency at the Norma Redpath Studio in Carlton including $7,500 cash and travel has been added to this year’s program.

The Prize and awards offered this year are:

  • The $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 is awarded to a Victorian author whose body of published work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature, as well as to cultural and intellectual life. The author’s work can include all genres and forms for example fiction, non-fiction, essays, plays, screenplays and poetry. The Melbourne Prize is supported by Principal Partner, The Vera Moore Foundation and The Tallis Foundation.
  • The $30,000 Best Writing Award 2018 is awarded for a published work of outstanding clarity, originality, and creativity by a Victorian writer. The work can be any genre, for example fiction, non-fiction, essays, plays, screenplays and poetry, and published between 2015–18. This Award is supported by its sole patron, The Robert Salzer Foundation.
  • The new Readings Residency Award 2018 will be awarded to an early career Victorian author. This award includes a residency at the Norma Redpath Studio at The University of Melbourne in Carlton, an affiliation with the School of Culture and Communication in the Faculty of Arts, plus $5000 cash courtesy of Readings and a $2500 Qantas travel voucher.

The 2018 judges comprise some of Australia’s most respected literary identities, including esteemed authors Andrea Goldsmith and Nam Le; Marieke Hardy, Artistic Director, Melbourne Writers Festival; Khalid Warsame, Writer and Creative Producer; and Michael Williams, Director, The Wheeler Centre. The $4000 Civic Choice Award 2018, supported by Hardie Grant Books, will be awarded to one of the finalists across all three award categories. The winner will be determined by popular vote following the finalist announcement on 12 September 2018. A free public exhibition of finalists work will be held at Event and Exhibition Partner Federation Square from 12 to 26 November 2018. Voters will have a chance to win an overnight stay at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Melbourne's hotel for the arts.

Entries can be made online at www.melbourneprize.org by the individual author or by nomination. Entries close on 9 July 2018 at 5pm.