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Australian War Memorial establishes $10k Les Carlyon Literary Prize

The Australian War Memorial has established a new literary prize in honour of the late historian, author and journalist Les Carlyon.

The $10,000 Les Carlyon Literary Prize will be awarded biennially for an author’s first book or major publication relating to Australian military history, Australian social military history, or war history.

Assistant director public programs at the Australian War Memorial Anne Bennie said: ‘Les made a lasting contribution to Australian writing and Australian literature, giving inspiration to countless writers, journalists and historians over a long and distinguished career. The Memorial is proud to announce this new literary prize in his name, and we thank the Carlyon family for their support.’

Entries are currently open to works of fiction and nonfiction published in 2018–20, and will close on 30 June 2020. The judging panel will include a representative from the Carlyon family, and Ashley Ekins, former head of military history at the Australian War Memorial and friend of Carlyon.

Shortlisted finalists will be announced in October, with the winner to follow in November. For more information about the prize, see the Australian War Memorial website.


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