Posted by: Lisa Hill | October 6, 2016

2016 Barbara Jefferis Award shortlist

Thanks to the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) newsletter I can pass on the news that the shortlist for the 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award has been announced.

The Barbara Jefferis Award is offered for “the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society”.

As the ASA website says:

With prizes totalling $55,000, this important award represents one of the highest prize pools in the Australian literary landscape. The Award is open to male authors, but to date only female authors have won – a trend set to continue in 2016, since all shortlisted books are by female authors.

(At least one male author that I know of has been shortlisted, Frank Moorhouse for his superb Cold Light (part of The Edith trilogy).  See my review).

I’ve read some of the 2016 shortlist:

Sarah Hopkins: This Picture of You (Allen & Unwin)
Gail Jones: A Guide to Berlin (Vintage) (on my TBR)
Alice Pung: Laurinda (Black Inc.)
Claire Zorn: The Protected (University of Queensland Press)
Peggy Frew: Hope Farm (Scribe Publications) See my review.
Charlotte Wood: The Natural Way of Things (Allen & Unwin) See combined reviews.

The following novels were highly commended:

Vikki Wakefield: In Between Days (Text Publishing)
Mireille Juchau: The World Without Us (Bloomsbury) See my review.

The winner will be announced at the State Library of NSW on 25 October.


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