2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists

Contemporary works by leading and emerging Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Thirty judges considered almost 600 entries across 10 prize categories, with the winners to be announced on the eve of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists


Nominations for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting ($30,000) are:

The Almighty Sometimes by Kendall Feaver (Currency Press)

Oil Babies by Petra Kalive (Lab Kelpie)

Going Down  by Michelle Lee (Malthouse Theatre and  Sydney Theatre Company)

Lost Boys by Lachlan Philpott  (Merrigong Theatre  Company)

The Long  Forgotten Dream by H  Lawrence Sumner (Sydney Theatre Company)

Barbara and the Camp  Dogs by Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine (Currency Press in association with Belvoir Theatre)

Up to $310,000 in prize money will be awarded including sponsored awards, making them the richest state-funded literary awards in the country.

State Librarian John Vallance FAHA, said: “This year we celebrate 40 years of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Over the past four decades these Awards have recognised and rewarded hundreds of outstanding Australian writers.”

“This year’s shortlist is yet another shining example of the breadth and depth of literature available in this country,” Dr Vallance said.

2019 Senior Judge, Suzanne Leal, commented: “In works that challenge the boundaries of genre and form, the nominees find wonder in a crisis-filled world. With wit, compassion, intellectual rigor and careful observation, they consider the triumphs and shortcoming of the past, the challenges of the present and their hopes for the future. "

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