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VPLAs 2022 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted and highly commended works in each category are:


Highly commended


Highly commended

  • Currowan (Bronwyn Adcock, Black Inc.)
  • The Shape of Sound (Fiona Murphy, Text)
  • Design: Building on Country (Alison Page & Paul Memmott, Thames & Hudson)


  • Return to the Dirt (Steve Perie, Queensland Theatre)
  • Archimedes War (Melissa Reeves, Darebin Speakeasy)
  • Milk (Dylan Van Den Berg, Currency Press)

Highly commended

  • Dogged (Andrea James & Catherin Ryan, Currency Press)


  • How Decent Folk Behave (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hachette)
  • Human Looking (Andy Jackson, Giramondo)
  • Trigger Warning (Maria Takolander, UQP)

Highly commended

  • Gravidity and Parity (Eleanor Jackson, Vagabond Press)
  • m//otherland (Asiel Adan Sanchez, Revarena)
  • Homecoming (Elfie Shiosaki, Magabala)

Writing for young adults

Highly commended

Indigenous writing

Unpublished manuscript

  • ‘Fauna of Mirrors’ by Keshe Chow
  • ‘Lead Us Not’ by Abbey Lay
  • ‘The Albatross’ by Nina Wan

Highly commended

  • ‘Orangutan Ballet’ by C J Garrow
  • ‘The Echoes of George Street’ by Elliot J Han
  • ‘Strange Intersections’ by Soja Pitt.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, 3 February 2022. The recipients of the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, Indigenous writing and young adult categories will each receive $25,000 and go on to contest for the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000.

The winner of the award for an unpublished manuscript receives $15,000, and the winner of the people’s choice award, worth $2000, will also be announced.

The 2021 Victorian Prize for Literature was awarded to Laura Jean McKay for her debut novel The Animals in that Country (Scribe).

For more information, see the Wheeler Centre website.


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