The Kenneth Slessor Prize ($30,000) is offered to a poet for a book of collected poems or for a single poem of substantial length published in book form.
More can be read about each shortlisted collection here.
This award is sponsored wholly by Multicultural NSW ($20,000) and is offered to the writer of a book (fiction or non-fiction), play, poetry, music drama or script which is deemed by the judges to have both:
- made a significant contribution to Australian literature, theatre, film, radio or television in its portrayal of the interaction of Australia’s diverse cultures, and
- canvassed issues arising from the Australian immigration and migrant settlement experience.
Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man by Abdi Aden & Robert Hillman
The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
The Principal, Episode 1 by Kristen Dunphy
Good Muslim Boy by Osamah Sami
We Are Here by Cat Thao Nguyen
Vera: My Story by Vera Wasowski & Robert Hillman
The Nick Enright Prize ($30,000) is offered for a play or a work of music drama given its first production in Australia between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015. The production may be given by a professional or amateur theatre company, but it must involve a season of several performances before a general audience.
Boys Will Be Boys by Melissa Bubnic
Broken by Mary Anne Butler
The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini
Battle of Waterloo by Kylie Coolwell
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday by Roslyn Oades
More about these plays here.
The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
The Patricia Wrightson Prize ($30,000) is offered for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for children up to secondary school level. Books containing the work of more than four authors, including anthologies, are not eligible for nomination. AS with the Ethel Turner Prize, if books contain original illustrations which are integral to the success of the book, the judges may determine that the award be shared by the writer/s and the illustrator.
Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly & Robert Ingpen
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray
The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar by Tohby Riddle
Flight by Nadia Wheatley & Armin Greder
Teacup by Rebecca Young & Matt Ottley
Read more about these children’s books here.
The UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
The UTS Glenda Adams Award ($5,000) looks for outstanding new literary talent and is for a published book of fiction written by an author who has not previously published a book-length work of narrative fiction or narrative non-fiction. This award is sponsored wholly by the University of Technology, Sydney.
Winners for the 2016 Awards will be announced on Monday 16 May 2016.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the publication of In True Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote.
In True Blood is considered to be the first narrative non-fiction book, that is a book in which factual matter is presented in a narrative way using literary techniques.
In True Blood details the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas on 15 November 1959. The perpetrators, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith were arrested six weeks later, tried and finally executed in April 1965.
Along with his childhood friend, Harper Lee, Truman Capote travelled to Holcomb where they interviewed neighbours and police involved. Capote also interviewed Hickock and Smith in gaol. He seems to have become pretty close to Perry Smith and there are question marks over the nature of his relationship with the convicted murderer.
In Cold Blood was published in book form in January 1966 by Random House although it had been serialised in The New Yorker beginning in September 1965. It was an instant success and earned Capote much praise from the literary community, but some critics doubt its veracity and have accused Truman Capote of changing facts, adding scenes that never occurred and re-creating dialogue.
There have been three film and one TV adaptation of In Cold Blood. Most readers will probably best remember Capote (2005)starring Philip Seymour Hoffman who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote.
In True Blood can be found on the Adult Fiction shelves at 364.1523 CAP.
There is an article on In True Blood in Wikepedia which may be of interest to readers.
There are many other good examples of narrative non-fiction, a few I have enjoyed include The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt and Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. there are a lot more on this Goodreads webpage.
A few days ago the shortlists for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards was announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Tony Burke.
From children’s books that excel in the art of storytelling through to revealing works of non-fiction and history, the 29 books on the 2013 shortlists represent the breadth and depth of the Australian story and imagination.
Now in their sixth year, the shortlists recognise the best in Australian fiction, poetry, non-fiction, history, young adult and children’s fiction published in 2012. A tax free prize of $80,000 will be awarded to the winner of each of the award categories. Shortlisted entries receive $5,000 tax free.
The 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists are:
Prize for Australian History
The Sex Lives of Australians: A History by Frank Bongiorno
Sandakan by Paul Ham
Gough Whitlam by Jenny Hocking
Farewell, dear people by Ross McMullin
The Censor’s Library by Nicole Moore
Red by Libby Gleeson
Today We Have No Plans by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker
What’s the Matter, Aunty May? by Peter Friend and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge by Marianne Musgrove
Have you read any of the shortlisted books? Which would you nominate to win?
Another shortlist, this time for something close to home; the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2013. There are several categories of prizes to be awarded. The winners will be announced on 19 May during the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Christina Stead Prize for Fiction – prize money worth $40,000
- The Voyage by Murray Bail
- The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
- Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears
- Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse
- Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany (also nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction)
- Animal People by Charlotte Wood
From the shortlist above, you can have your say in the People’s Choice Award – click here to vote
Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction ($40,000 prize money)
- Exile: the Lives and Hopes of Werner Pelz by Roger Averill
- Ben Jonson : a Life by Ian Donaldson
- Dark Night : Walking with McCahon by Martin Edmond
- The Biggest Estate on Earth : How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage
- Double Entry : How the Merchants of Venice Shaped the Modern World – and How Their Invention Could Make or Break the Planet by Jane Gleeson-White
- The Office : a Hard Working History by Gideon Haigh
Keith Slessor Prize for Poetry ($30,00 prize money)
- Ruby Moonlight by Ali Cobby-Eckermann
- First Light by Kate Fagan
- Open Sesame by Michael Farrell
- The Welfare of My Enemy by Anthony Lawrence
- Ladylike by Kate Lilly
- Here, There and Elsewhere by Vivian Smith
Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature ($30,000 prize money)
- Three Summers by Judith Clarke
- The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant
- Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
- A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
- Into That Forest by Louis Nowra
- Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle
Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature ($30,000 prize money)
- The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey
- Brotherband 1 : The Outcasts by John Flanagan
- Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick
- A Bear and a Tree by Stephen Michael King
- The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk by Glenda Millard
- Dragonkeeper Book 4 : Blood Brothers by Carole Wilkinson
There is also a $20,000 Community Relations Commission Award, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the NSW Premier’s Translation Prize.
The book world is agog at the shortlist for the 2012 Costa Book Awards.
Of the 20 books nominated, two are graphic novels!
Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart (Graphic Novel)
Life! Death! Prizes! by Stephen May
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Heart Broke In by James Meek
The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder by J W Ironmonger
Snake Ropes by Jess Richards
The Innocents by Francesca Segal
The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood
Dotter Of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot (Graphic format)
Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper
The Crocodile By The Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family by Selina Guinness
Serving Victoria: Life In The Royal Household by Kate Hubbard
The World’s Two Smallest Humans by Julia Copus
People Who Like Meatballs by Selima Hill
The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie
The Seeing by Diana Hendry
What’s Up With Jody Barton? by Hayley Long
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton