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Terms and conditions

Tasmania Book Prize

This $25 000 award recognises the influence Tasmania has had on content or perspective and is supported by the Tasmanian Government.

Conditions of entry

  1. The nominated book must have been published in English for the first time between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017.
  2. A book is defined as a paper-based publication that is available for sale.
  3. Authors must be living on the date of entry.
  4. A book with Tasmanian content may be nominated irrespective of where the author lives or where the publisher is based.
  5. A book by a Tasmanian writer or publisher can satisfy the Tasmanian content requirement where the judges recognise the influence Tasmania has had on its content or perspective.
  6. Books by Tasmanian writers may be eligible for both the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize.
  7. Entries will only be accepted from publishers or authors.
  8. The closing date for entries is 3 April 2017.
  9. Publishers or authors must complete the online entry form including payment and send the receipt with four copies of the nominated title to Arts Tasmania, postmarked by the closing date. 
  10. Where a book is eligible for more than one prize there is no need to submit more than four copies.
  11. Copies of nominated books received will become the property of Arts Tasmania and will not be returned to publishers. Copies may be used for marketing purposes by Arts Tasmania.
  12. Entry fee: AU$40 (plus GST) for each entry in each prize category.
  13. Nominees will receive confirmation of their entries and receipt of payment.
  14. Shortlisted authors may be required for press interviews and promotional purposes before and after the announcement of the prizes.
  15. Shortlisted authors must make themselves available to participate in the Premier's Literary Prizes shortlist announcement event expected to be held in September 2017 and the winners' announcement event in late November 2017. Both of these events will be held in Hobart.
  16. Each shortlisted author/publisher will provide Arts Tasmania with an excerpt from their book and allow Arts Tasmania to reproduce and disseminate it for promotional purposes.
  17. Judges will advise Arts Tasmania on eligibility and the decision of Arts Tasmania is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. If Arts Tasmania decides that a nominated title does not meet the criteria, the entry fee will be refunded.

Judging

  1. A panel of three judges, selected by the Premier’s Literary Prizes Advisory Committee, will judge the entries for both the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize.
  2. All decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence shall be entered into regarding the judging process.

Breach of conditions of entry will render an entry invalid.

Margaret Scott Prize

The Margaret Scott Prize - this $5 000 award is for the best book by a Tasmanian writer and is supported by the University of Tasmania

Conditions of entry

  1. The nominated book must have been published in English for the first time between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017.
  2. A book is defined as a paper-based publication that is available for sale.
  3. Authors must be living on the date of entry.
  4. A Tasmanian writer is defined as one who has resided in Tasmania for six of the last 12 months.
  5. Books by Tasmanian writers may be eligible for both the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize.
  6. Entries will only be accepted from publishers or authors.
  7. The closing date for entries is 3 April 2017.
  8. Publishers or authors must complete the online entry form including payment and send the receipt with four copies of the nominated title to Arts Tasmania, postmarked by the closing date.
  9. Where a book is eligible for more than one prize there is no need to submit more than four copies.
  10. Copies of nominated books received will become the property of Arts Tasmania and will not be returned to publishers. Copies may be used for marketing purposes by Arts Tasmania.
  11. Entry fee: AU$40 (plus GST) for each entry in each prize category.
  12. Nominees will receive confirmation of their entries and receipt of payment.
  13. Shortlisted authors may be required for press interviews and promotional purposes before and after the announcement of the prizes.
  14. Shortlisted authors must make themselves available to participate in the Premier's Literary Prizes shortlist announcement event expected to be held in September 2017 and the winners' announcement event in late November 2017. Both of these events will be held in Hobart.
  15. Each shortlisted author/publisher will provide Arts Tasmania with an excerpt from their book and allow Arts Tasmania to reproduce and disseminate it for promotional purposes.
  16. Judges will advise Arts Tasmania on eligibility and the decision of Arts Tasmania is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  17. If Arts Tasmania decides that a nominated title does not meet the criteria, the entry fee will be refunded.

Judging

  1. A panel of three judges, selected by the Premier’s Literary Prizes Advisory Committee, will judge the entries for both the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize.
  2. All decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence shall be entered into regarding the judging process.

Breach of conditions of entry will render an entry invalid.

The Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship

This $5 000 prize will be awarded to a young Tasmanian writer (aged 30 years and under) and is generously supported by philanthropists who wish to remain anonymous.

The prize is awarded to the writer, not to a particular work, and as such is a stand-alone celebration of the writer's abilities. There is no prescribed writing style. Applicants should provide a ten-page sample of their work in any style or genre (i.e. prose, poetry, play script, essay, writing for children etc.), which in their minds best demonstrates their literary talent. The ten-page sample may include several different pieces, or be part of a larger work.

Three shortlisted writers will then be asked to provide a larger sample of their work.

Two years after receiving the award, the recipient will be asked to write an artist's statement articulating where their writing has led them, or how it has evolved, so as to encourage others to consider entering the award.

Conditions of entry

  1. Nominees must be 30-years-old or younger on 31 March 2017.
  2. A Tasmanian writer is defined as one who has resided in Tasmania for six of the last 12 months.
  3. The writer must be living on the date of entry.
  4. Writing submitted may include non-fiction or fiction for adults or children, graphic novels, poetry or play scripts.
  5. Nominations will only be accepted from writers.
  6. The writing sample must be typed and double-spaced.
  7. A writer cannot receive the prize more than once but writers who have previously nominated but not won can enter again.
  8. Writers nominating for the Tasmanian Young Writer's Prize are also eligible to enter works in the other Premier's Literary Prizes categories.
  9. The closing date for nominations is 3 April 2017.
  10. Writers must complete the online entry form including payment details and upload a ten-page writing sample (in PDF or Word format) by the closing date.
  11. Entry fee: AU$40 (plus GST).
  12. Nominees will receive confirmation of their entry and receipt of payment.
  13. Shortlisted writers may be required for press interviews and promotional purposes before and after the announcement of the prizes.
  14. Shortlisted writers must make themselves available to participate in the Premier's Literary Prizes shortlist announcement event expected to be held in September 2017 and the winners' announcement event in late November 2017. Both of these events will be held in Hobart.
  15. The decision of Arts Tasmania regarding eligibility is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  16. If Arts Tasmania decides that a nominee does not meet the criteria then the entry fee will be refunded.

Judging

  1. A panel of three judges, selected by the Premier’s Literary Prizes Advisory Committee, will judge the entries for both the University of Tasmania Prize and the Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship.
  2. Arts Tasmania has the right to request proof of eligibility.
  3. All decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence shall be entered into regarding the judging process.

Breach of conditions of entry will render an entry invalid.

University of Tasmania Prize

This $5 000 prize is for the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer and is supported by the University of Tasmania.

Nominated works for the University of Tasmania Prize are expected to be:

  • over 20 000 words, or
  • a collection of poems, essays, short stories, or
  • playscripts over an hour in duration when read aloud.

Nominated works should be ready for publication. They should be edited and proof-read before submission.

Conditions of entry

  1. A Tasmanian writer is defined as one who has resided in Tasmania for six of the last 12 months.
  2. The University of Tasmania Prize is open to emerging Tasmanian writers of any age.
  3. The author must be living on the date of entry.
  4. To be eligible, writers must not have had more than one full-length work* published by a third-party publisher, or one full-length playscript produced by a professional theatre company.
    * A full-length work may be a novel, graphic novel, playscript, book-length work of literary non-fiction, or a collection of short stories, literary non-fiction essays or poems.
  5. Manuscripts submitted may be works of non-fiction or fiction for adults or children, graphic novels, work of poetry or playscripts. The manuscript must be typed and double-spaced.
  6. Manuscripts for long works should not have been previously published. If submitting a collection, no more than 20 per cent of stories or poems can have been individually published in reputable journals, magazines or publications.
  7. The manuscript must not be under contract for publication or production at the time of nomination.
  8. Copies of nominated manuscripts received will become the property of Arts Tasmania and will not be returned. Manuscripts will remain the intellectual property of the authors and will not be used by Arts Tasmania for any other purpose.
  9. Nominations will only be accepted from the writer.
  10. The closing date for nominations is 3 April 2017.
  11. Authors must complete the online entry form including payment details and upload an electronic version (in PDF or Word format) of the nominated manuscript by the closing date.
  12. Entry fee: AU$40 (plus GST).
  13. Nominees will receive confirmation of their entry and receipt of payment.
  14. Shortlisted authors may be required for press interviews and promotional purposes before and after the announcement of the prizes.
  15. Shortlisted authors must make themselves available to participate in the Premier's Literary Prizes shortlist announcement event expected to be in held in September 2017 and the winners' announcement event in late November 2017. Both of these events will be held in Hobart.
  16. Each shortlisted author will provide Arts Tasmania with an excerpt from the manuscript and will allow Arts Tasmania to reproduce and disseminate it for promotional purposes.
  17. Authors entering manuscripts for the University of Tasmania Prize may also be eligible to enter their previously published book for the Tasmania Book Prize or the Margaret Scott Prize and may also nominate for the Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship.
  18. The decision of Arts Tasmania regarding eligibility is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  19. If Arts Tasmania decides that a manuscript does not meet the criteria then the entry fee will be refunded.

Judging

  1. A panel of three judges, selected by the Premier’s Literary Prizes Advisory Committee, will judge the entries for both the University of Tasmania Prize and the Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship.
  2. Arts Tasmania has the right to request additional material when considering if the manuscript is eligible.
  3. All decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence shall be entered into regarding the judging process.
    Breach of conditions of entry will render an entry invalid.