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or Patrick White Literary Award
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The Patrick White Award is an annual literary prize. The award was established in 1975 to advance 'Australian literature by encouraging the writing of novels, short stories, poetry and/or plays for publication or performance'. Rather than being awarded for an individual work, the award acknowledges writers who have made a significant contribution to Australian literature.

White used the funds from his 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature award to establish the philanthropic trust that supports this prize.

Source: Sighted: 15/11/2013.


  • This is an annual award sponsored by Patrick White, who used his Nobel Prize for Literature to establish a trust for the prize.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Works About this Award

Award Recognises the Ways in Which Indigenous Writers Enrich Australian Literature and Culture Debra Adelaide , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney PEN Magazine , May 2018; (p. 22-23)

'The main purpose of the Patrick White Award is to encourage the winner to continue writing, and to provide some financial support to enable that. As Debra Adelaide reports, with his award White supported a basic human right, which is the freedom of expression through the written word.'  (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Carmel Bird Nic Brasch (interviewer), Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2017 14750915 2017 single work interview

'In this episode, we talk to Carmel Bird. Carmel has been writing continuously for more than forty years. She is the 2016 Patrick White Award winner. This award recognises a writer’s entire body of work, and Carmel’s body of work is impressive by any measure. Ten novels, children’s books, and very highly acclaimed books about the craft of writing. It is my pleasure to welcome Carmel Bird to The Garret.'

Bird Wins Patrick White Award 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 8 November 2016; (p. 6)
Turning Pages Jane Sullivan , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 October 2016; (p. 27)
Bird Wins White Award; Big Names of PM's Shortlists Jason Steger , Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work
— Appears in: The Age , 18 October 2016; (p. 8)