Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield announced the winners at a ceremony at Parliament House today.
From over 500 entries to 30 shortlisted books, 6 titles were recognised as some of Australia’s greatest literature of the year. From this competitive group of entries, the judges selected a diverse and deserving list of finalists and identified outstanding winners. The Australian history and non-fiction books “reflect the diversity of Australia and tell our story in remarkable ways. The books really show Australia's place in the world and place Australian history in a global context,” said Professor Lynette Russell, Chair of the Non-fiction and Australian History judging panel.
The children's and young adults categories engage with “issues that profoundly affect humanity… there's a variety of ideas, of narrative techniques, of illustration techniques, which makes them very, very different, but all equally interesting,” said Margot Hillel, Chair of the Young Adult and Children’s Literature judging panel.
Now in its eleventh year, the Awards celebrate Australian literary excellence and recognise our talented authors, illustrators and historians.
“There were novels that really worked to create an experience for the reader that's immersive, that you can get lost in— but also transformative, that change us for having read them,” said Bronwyn Lea, Chair of the Fiction and Poetry judging panel.
“The poetry category this year was notable for the sheer breadth of work being done in Australia, it's quite astonishing and it shows that poetry is very much alive and a vibrant art form in Australia.”
The 2018 Prime Minister's Literary Awards winners are: