Awards and Competitions

Melbourne is home to one of Australia’s most valuable literary awards, the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Others include the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, given in five categories (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, young adult), the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the biennial Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards, also given for six categories (short story, poetry, novella, graphic short story, narrative non-fiction and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life writing).

Melbourne-based organisations bestow a great many awards across a variety of literary niches, such as the Ned Kelly Awards, honouring the best Australian crime writing, the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for best female crime writer, the Australian Book Review Calibre Prize for essay writing, the Dromkeen Medal is awarded by the State Library of Victoria to a person who has made a significant contribution to children’s literature, the John Marsden Hachette Australia Prize for writers under 25 at Express Media, the thirty-year-running Alan Marshall Short Story Award and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

For these, and many more, check Writers Victoria for updates and submission details.

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