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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:




  • Argosy (Bella Li, Vagabond Press)
  • The Metronome (Jennifer Maiden, Giramondo)
  • redactor (Eddie Paterson, Whitmore Press)

Young adult


  • Rice (Michele Lee, Playlab)
  • Black is the New White (Nakkiah Lui, Sydney Theatre Company)
  • The Rasputin Affair (Kate Mulvany, The Ensemble Theatre)

Judges also highly commended a number of titles in each category.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 1 February 2018. The winner of each category is awarded $25,000 and goes into the running for the Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000. A people’s choice award, worth $2000, will also be announced on the night.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Christian White won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for his novel Decay Theory (now titled The Nowhere Child) and will also go into the running for the overall prize.

Last year, actor and playwright Leah Purcell’s play The Drover’s Wife (Currency Press) was the winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature.

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