Victorian Premier's Literary Award

The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards were created by the Victorian Government with the aim of raising the profile of contemporary creative writing and Australia's publishing industry.

They were established in 1985 by John Cain, the Premier of Victoria at that time, to mark the centenary of the births of Vance and Nettie Palmer, two of Australia's best-known writers and critics who both made significant contributions to Victorian and Australian literary culture.

From 1986 through till 1997 they were presented as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

In 1997 the administration of the awards was transferred to the State Library of Victoria By 2004 the award's total prize money was $180,000 AUD.

Past fiction winners included David Malouf (Antipodes, 1985) Amanda Lohrey (Camille’s Bread, 1996), Peter Carey (Illywhacker, 1986 and True History of the Kelly Gang, 2001), Kate Grenville (Dark Places, 1995) and Helen Garner (The Spare Room, 2008).

Past non-fiction winners include "Voyages to the South Seas: In search of Terres Australes" by Danielle Clode (2007), "Margaret Michaelis: Love, Loss and Photography" by Helen Ennis (2006), "Broken Song: T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession" by Barry Hill (2003), "The Boyds: A Family Biography" by Brenda Niall (2002), "Broken Circles: Fragmenting Indigenous Families 1800-2000" by Anna Haebich (2001), "The White" by Adrian Caesar (2000), and Romulus, My Father by Raimond Gaita (1998).

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