Minister for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

A/g Minister for Regional Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Winners

1 December 2017

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Senator the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for the Arts

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield today announced the winners of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Winners across six categories were selected from a strong shortlist of 30 works from an impressive group of Australian authors. The awards were presented today at a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra.

The winning and shortlisted authors epitomise the strength and vitality of Australia’s literary talents and we congratulate them on this achievement.

A group of 15 judges across three expert panels made recommendations to the Prime Minister on the shortlists and winners from over 450 entries.

The winners are:

FICTION

Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O’Neill

POETRY

Headwaters, Anthony Lawrence

NON-FICTION

Quicksilver, Nicolas Rothwell

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga story, Elizabeth Tynan

YOUNG ADULT

Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley

CHILDREN’S – JOINT WINNERS

Dragonfly Song, Wendy Orr, and

Home in the Rain, Bob Graham

In their 10th year, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards demonstrate the Government’s continued support for the literary arts. There have been more than 4,000 entries over the past ten years and $4,750,000 in prize money has been awarded.

For more information about the winning books, authors and judges visit www.arts.gov.au/pmla

Media contacts:

Prime Minister’s office: Press Office, (02) 6277 7744

Arts Minister’s office: Geraldine Mitchell, 0407 280 476

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