'The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life.' (https://www.arts.gov.au/pm-literary-awards)
'The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature to the nation's cultural and intellectual life. The awards recognise literature's importance to our national identity, community and economy.'
The awards were established with two categories: Fiction and Non-Fiction. In 2010, two new prizes were added to recognise literature for younger reading audiences - Children's Fiction and Young Adult's Fiction.
Further changes were made to the awards in 2011. The overall prize money for each category remained at $100,000, but instead of the full amount being given to the winner, $80,000 was presented to the author of the winning book while a maximum of four shortlisted authors each received $5,000. From 2011, an annual timetable for the awards was established. Shortlists are announced in May and the winners revealed in July.
Source: Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts website, http://www.arts.gov.au/
Sighted: 14/04/2008, 18/01/2011
'I’ve been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, one of the largest book prizes for authors in Australia; the ceremony is on 10 December, and I don’t want to go. You only need to attend one award ceremony to know why they’re best avoided. First, there is the ugly tension in the room, swirling around a cadre of utterly oblivious rich people for whom this is simply a party at which to display their level of sophistication. Then there is the fantasy mantra invariably doled out, by video montage of previous winners, or sometimes in person, that everyone there is a winner, there are no losers.' (Introduction)
'Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch has capped an incredible year of acclaim for her novel The Yield, taking out the $80,000 fiction prize at the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.' (Introduction)