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Mascara announces winners of Avant-garde Literary Awards

Mascara Literary Review has announced the winners of the Avant-garde Literary Awards for literature, criticism and theory.

The awards recognise ‘books which are stretching the boundaries of genres radically, philosophically, theoretically, sociopolitically’, and also recognise ‘emerging authors in a given genre’.

Winners receive a $300 prize.

The winning and shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • Blakwork (Alison Whittaker, Magabala)


  • The Alarming Conservatory (Corey Wakeling, Giramondo)
  • A Trillion Tiny Awakenings (Candy Royalle, UWAP)
  • Subtraction (Fiona Hile, Vagabond)


  • The Bed-Making Competition (Anna Jackson, Seizure)


  • Melodrome (Marcelo Cohen, trans by Chris Andrews, Giramondo)
  • horse (Ania Walwicz, UWAP)
  • All My Goodbyes (Mariana Dimopolus, trans by Alice Whitmore, Giramondo)


  • No Friend But the Mountains (Behrouz Boochani, trans by Omid Tofighian, Picador)


  • The Tastes and Politics of Inter-cultural Food in Australia (Sukhmani Khorana, Rowman & Littlefield)
  • Visualising Human Rights (Jane Lydon, UWAP)
  • The World Was Whole (Fiona Wright, Giramondo)

Best anthology 

  • Of Indian Origin (ed by Paul Sharrad & Meeta Chatterjee, Orient Black Swan)


  • The Big Black Thing: Chapter 2 (ed by Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Winnie Dunn, Ellen van Neerven, Sweatshop)
  • Going Postal: More than ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ (ed by Quinn Eades & Son Vivienne, Brow Books)
  • Light Borrowers, UTS Anthology Intro (Isabelle Li, Seizure).



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