Our prize winners for March 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018
By: 
Sarah Vincent

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

Collective celebrations

 

The longlists for the 2018 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria for local and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults. Among the titles longlisted for the Gold Inky Award (for an Australian book) are:

  • 'Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology' edited by Danielle Binks, tutor
  • 'Take Three Girls' by Cath Crowley, member and assessor, Fiona Wood, member and tutor, and Simmone Howell, member.

 

The longlist for the Australian Book Industry Awards 2018 has been announced. Among the longlisted titles are:

General fiction book of the year:

  • Jock Serong, member, for 'On the Java Ridge'

Literary fiction book of the year:

  • Melanie Cheng, member, for 'Australia Day'
  • Sofie Laguna, tutor, for 'The Choke'
  • Mark Brandi, member, for 'Wimmera'

General nonfiction book of the year:

  • Kate Cole-Adams, member, for 'Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness'

Biography book of the year:

  • Bernadette Brennan, member, for 'A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work'

Book of the year for older children (ages 13+):

  • Danielle Binks (editor), tutor, for 'Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology'
  • Cath Crowley, member and assessor, for 'Take Three Girls'
  • Simmone Howell, member, for 'Take Three Girls'
  • Fiona Wood, member and tutor, for 'Take Three Girls'

Book of the year for younger children (ages 7-13):

  • Andy Griffiths, tutor, and Terry Denton, tutor for 'The 91-Storey Treehouse'

Children’s picture book of the year (ages 0-6):

  • Alison Lester, tutor, for 'The Very Noisy Baby'

Small publishers’ adult book of the year:

  • A S Patrić, tutor, for 'Atlantic Black'

The Matt Richell award for new writer of the year:

  • Melanie Cheng, member, for 'Australia Day'
  • Mark Brandi, member, for 'Wimmera'

 

The shortlist for the Red Room Poetry Fellowship has been announced. The fellowship recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. On the shortlist are:

  • Omar Sakr, tutor
  • Maria Takolander, member

 

The longlist for the 2018 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The ALS Gold Medal is presented annually for a ‘work of outstanding literary merit’ published in the previous calendar year. Among the longlisted titles are:

  • 'The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc' by Ali Alizadeh, tutor
  • 'Common People' by Tony Birch, tutor
  • 'The Choke' Sofie Laguna, tutor

 

The shortlists for the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. Among the shortlisted titles in each category are:

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction:

  • 'Common People' by Tony Birch, tutor
  • 'Pulse Points: Stories' by Jennifer Down, tutor
  • 'The Book of Dirt' by Bram Presser, member

Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction:

  • 'The Green Bell: a memoir of love, madness and poetry' by Paula Keogh, member

Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry:

  • 'Euclid’s dog: 100 algorithmic poems' by Jordie Albiston, tutor
  • 'Argosy' by Bella Li, tutor
  • 'These Wild Houses' by Omar Sakr, tutor

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature:

  • 'The Patchwork Bike' by Maxine Beneba Clarke, tutor

Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult’s Literature:

  • 'A Shadow’s Breath' Nicole Hayes, member

Indigenous Writers’ Prize:

  • 'Common People' by Tony Birch, tutor
  • 'Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms' by Anita Heiss, tutor

Multicultural NSW Award:

  • 'The Family Law, Series 2 Episode 4' by Benjamin Law, tutor and Kirsty Fisher
  • 'Quicksilver' by Nicolas Rothwell

Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting:

  • 'Rice' by Michele Lee, tutor

 

Leading Edge Books has announced the winners for the 2018 Indie Book Awards for books published in 2017. Among the winning titles are:

Fiction:

  • ‘The Choke’ by Sofie Laguna, mentor and tutor

Debut fiction:

  • ‘Wimmera’ by Mark Brandi, member

Young adult:

  • ‘Wilder Country’ by Mark Smith, member and tutor

 

The Children’s Book Council of Australian (CBCA) has released its shortlist for 2018. Among the shortlisted titles in each category are:

Older readers:

  • Cath Crowley, member and assessor, Fiona Wood, member and tutor, and Simmone Howell, member, for 'Take Three Girls'
  • Melissa Keil, tutor, for 'The Secret Science of Magic'

Early childhood:

  • Alison Lester, tutor, for 'The Very Noisy Baby'

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books:

  • Lorna Hendry, member and tutor, for 'Left & Right'
  • Charles Hope, member, for 'The Big Book of Antarctica'

 

Individual celebrations

The shortlist for The 2018 Stella Prize has been announced. The Prize is presented for the best work of fiction or nonfiction by an Australian women published in the previous calendar year. Among this year’s shortlisted titles is 'An Uncertain Grace' by tutor Krissy Kneen.

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced this year’s recipients of their prestigious Australia Council awards, which recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of leading artists to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of the nation. Writers Victoria heartily congratulates our longtime tutor and mentor Bruce Pascoe for being awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Bruce is a Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man. He edited 'Australian Short Stories' from 1982 to 1998 and his most recent book is 'Dark Emu: Black Seeds: agriculture or accident' which won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016.

Jacqueline Kent has been awarded the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for her proposed biography of political campaigner and women’s rights activist Vida Goldstein. The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship is manged by Writers Victoria.