This year’s winners have been announced at an awards ceremony on 31 January 2019.
The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour Australian writing. The awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.
- The Victorian Prize for Literature, and the Prize for Non-Fiction: No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani (Picador Australia)
- The Prize for Fiction: The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida (Faber & Faber)
- The Prize for Drama: The Almighty Sometimes by Kendall Feaver (Currency Press, in association with Griffin Theatre Company)
- The Prize for Poetry: Tilt by Kate Lilley (Vagabond Press)
- The Prize for Writing for Young Adults: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen & Unwin)
- The Prize for Indigenous Writing: Taboo by Kim Scott (Picador Australia)
- The Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript: Kokomo by Victoria Hannan
- People’s Choice Award: Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)
The winners of the main suite of awards – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, writing for young adults, and the biennial Prize for Indigenous Writing – each receive $25,000. The winner of the Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript receives $15,000.
The winners of the seven award categories go on to contest the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000. This is the single most valuable literary award in the country.
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♥ Gretchen Bernet-Ward