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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

Melbourne-based writer Sarah Krasnostein has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for her first book, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster (Text Publishing) at this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

The biography of trauma cleaner Sandra Pankhurst was also awarded the $25,000 nonfiction prize. The judging panel praised The Trauma Cleaner for telling untold stories of ‘those who live on, below, and under, the margins of sanity and of society’.

The winning titles in each category are:




  • Argosy (Bella Li, Vagabond Press)

Young adult


  • Rice (Michele Lee, Playlab)

People’s Choice Award

  • Ida (Alison Evans, Echo)

The winners were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 1 February 2018. The winner of each category is awarded $25,000 and winner of the people’s choice award is awarded $2000.

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards also includes the award for an unpublished manuscript, which in in 2017 went to Christian White for his novel Decay Theory (now titled The Nowhere Child). In 2016, the award for an unpublished manuscript went to Melanie Cheng for Australia Day.

To see all the titles shortlisted for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, click here. For more information about the awards, visit the Wheeler Centre website.

(Photo credit: Connor Tomas O’Brien.)



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