Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 14, 2018

2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature

Due to a prior commitment, I wasn’t able to attend the ceremony for the Melbourne Prize for Literature, but am pleased to have harvested the news from Twitter:
These were the finalists, I’ve just had time to underline the winners before dashing out the door – and I am rapt that it is Alison Lester because I voted for her in the People’s Choice award!
Tony Birch
Gideon Haigh
Alison Lester
Christos Tsiolkas
Alexis Wright
BEST WRITING AWARD 2018 ($30,000 cash, made possible by The Robert Salzer Foundation).
Judith Bishop
Angus Cerini
Kate Cole-Adams
Briohny Doyle
A. Frances Johnson
Maria Tumarkin
Sarah Krasnostein
Louise Milligan
Jock Serong
Jeff Sparrow
READINGS RESIDENCY AWARD 2018 ($5000 and a residency at the Norma Redpath Studio)
Jamie Marina Lau
Micheline Lee
Marlee Jane Ward

Congratulations to all the winners!

You can still vote in the People’s Choice Award here:Tony Birch


  1. After all my years reading Australian Literature…I’m amazed: I’ve read 5 of these authors! Thanks for the update…and I just orderd Axiomatic.


    • A wealth of talent to choose from:)
      But I haven’t read so many of them either, I’m just about to edit the post to add some links and I know there are some where I haven’t reviewed any of their works.


  2. I loved Michele Lee’s play “Rice” ….simple test but it packed a punch! Anothrer punch was Cardinal by Louise Milligan. Whew,


    • Ah well, we’ll have to disagree about Cardinal. Even a cardinal is entitled to a fair trial and I don’t see how he can get one when a book like that has been published.


      • True…opinion can be easily swayed by such an emotional portrait of the man. The punch for me was the investigative diligence of Milligan. This is not an easy subject to write about.


        • The problem with the media prejudicing a fair trial, is that sometimes they convict a person in the court of public opinion, whether guilty or not, and sometimes a guilty person gets off because the trial has to be aborted. Either way, it was irresponsible of MUP to publish it.

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  3. Does the prize reward a body of work rather than a specific piece? I suspect so from th fact the prize goes on a three year cycle but it wasn’t clear on the website for the award.


    • Yes, it is for a body of work, but you’re right, it’s not really clear from the website just exactly what that means.

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