The Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional literary talents of esteemed and emerging Australian writers.

13 November 2020

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional literary talents of esteemed and emerging Australian writers.

The Awards highlight the important role the arts have in connecting us to Australian voices and our story as a nation. This year we received 562 entries with the judges shortlisting a selection of 30 books touching on all of life's experiences—love, fear, family, exile, climate, culture, and war.

We congratulate everyone selected for this year's shortlist of 30 books written by Australian authors, illustrators, poets and historians.

Meet the judges

There are fourteen experts who make up the three judging panels. This year between them, they have had the exceptional task of assessing the 562 entries submitted. Bringing this new and experienced group of judges together has had an added challenge this year… however, with smiles on their faces, they have embraced video conferencing and online discussions to bring us a diverse shortlist.

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