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The Premier's Literary Prizes

2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes

Entries for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes have now closed.

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Judging and announcements

Entries to the Premier’s Literary Prizes are assessed by a panel of independent judges.

Longlists for the two book prizes (the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize) will be announced in late July 2017. We will notify publishers and authors of the books included on the longlist before the announcement is made.

Shortlists for all the prizes will be announced in September 2017 at the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival.

The winners of the prizes and the People’s Choice Awards for the first three categories will be announced in late November 2017.

The prizes

Click on the links below for details on how to enter and conditions of entry.

Tasmania Book Prize

For best book with Tasmanian content in any genre - $25 000

Books published between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017 will be eligible for this prize.

This award is supported by the Tasmanian Government.

Margaret Scott Prize

For best book by a Tasmanian writer - $5 000

Books published between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017 will be eligible for this prize.

This award is supported by the University of Tasmania.

University of Tasmania Prize

For the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer - $5 000

This award is supported by the University of Tasmania.

Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship

This award is supported by private philanthropists and is awarded to a young writer (aged 30 years and under) - $5 000

More information

The winners of all four prizes and the People’s Choice Awards for the first three categories will be announced in late November 2017.

Arts Tasmania delivers the prizes with the support of the University of Tasmania and a private philanthropist.