The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate great Australian literature.

2021 Award applications are closed.

The winner of each category—children's literature, young adult literature, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history—is awarded $80,000 tax free. Shortlisted entries are each awarded $5,000 tax free.

Entries are sought each year for books published in the previous calendar year, with high literary merit, and in the case of the prize for Australian history, scholarly accomplishment.

You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia to enter the Awards. Non-book entries to the Australian history prize must be made by a registered Australian company.

A book must be professionally edited and digital books will be accepted only if they are also available in printed (bound) form.

The Award's application form and guidelines are available on the Australian Government's GrantConnect website. Or you can apply by using the 'apply now' link below..

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Please note that the 2021 awards applications are now closed.

2021 Award guidelines are also available below.