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2019 Premier’s Literary Prizes

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About the Premier’s Literary Prizes

The Premier’s Literary Prizes are the Tasmanian State Government’s literary awards. They celebrate the richness of the Tasmanian literary sector and acknowledge the particular influence that Tasmania has on written work.

The Premier’s Literary Prizes are an opportunity to give recognition to both established and emerging Tasmanian writers.  They also acknowledge the growing influence that Tasmania has on authors  – both in Australia and across the rest of the world.

The Premier’s Literary Prize is supported by the Tasmanian Government, the University of Tasmania and private philanthropists.

Entries for the 2019 Premier’s Literary Prizes are now open. Entries close 27 June 2019.

The prizes

The Premier’s Literary Prizes have a number of categories. Follow the links below if you would like more information on how to enter.

Tasmania Book Prize – $25 000

This prize is awarded to the best book with Tasmanian content.

Books published between 1 April 2017 and 30 April 2019 will be eligible for this prize.

This award is supported by the Tasmanian Government.

Margaret Scott Prize – $5 000

This prize is awarded to the best book by a Tasmanian writer.

Books published between 1 April 2017 and 30 April 2019 will be eligible for this prize.

This award is supported by the University of Tasmania.

University of Tasmania Prize – $5 000

This prize is awarded to the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer.

This award is supported by the University of Tasmania.

Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship – $5 000

This prize is awarded to young emerging writers aged 30 years and under.

This award is supported by private philanthropists

Contact Us

Do you have questions about entering the Premier’s Literary Prizes?

Arts Tasmania looks after the administration and delivery of the prizes.

You can contact the team on (03) 6165 6666 or email info@arts.tas.gov.au

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