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in five categories (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, young adult), the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the biennial Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards, also given for five categories (short story, poetry, novella, graphic short story, narrative non-fiction).

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 the 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 and the thirty-year running Alan Marshall Short Story Award.

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