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12 September 2019

The Prime Minister and Minister for Arts Paul Fletcher today announced the shortlists for the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

With a mix of well-established and new Australian authors, this year's entries will delight, challenge, inspire and even return you to childhood.

Celebrate Australian writing, take a moment to discover the 2019 shortlists and find out what the judges thought.

The categories for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards are:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Australian history
  • Poetry
  • Children's literature
  • Young adult literature.

Explore the shortlists using augmented reality
The Chairs and judging panels reflect on this year's shortlisted categories and titles using augmented reality. Using your phone or tablet, unlock the content by going to

How to scan a shortlisted book

  • Grab a hardcopy of one of the 2019 shortlisted books
  • Using your phone or tablet allow access to your camera
  • On the start page tap the ‘Explore' button and follow the instructions to unlock the content
  • Position your phone over the book cover and hit ‘scan'
  • Hold it still until the scan is complete then press ‘play video'
  • When the video is finished playing choose the ‘explore more books' button to see more content

Stay tuned for the winners announcement! 
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