Posted by: Lisa Hill | December 12, 2018

2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists

The 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists were announced today.


Flames by Robbie Arnott (Text Publishing), see my review
Ironbark by Jay Carmichael (Scribe Publications)
The Fireflies of Autumn: And Other Tales of San Ginese by Moreno Giovannoni (Black Inc. Books) see my review
The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones (Text Publishing)
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (University of Queensland Press) see my review
The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida (Faber & Faber)

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani (Picador Australia)
Staying: A Memoir by Jessie Cole (Text Publishing)
The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House Australia) see my review
Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)
Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic (Penguin Random House Australia) see my review
Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin (Brow Books)

The Almighty Sometimes by Kendall Feaver (Currency Press, in association with Griffin Theatre Company)
Going Down by Michele Lee (Malthouse Theatre)
Barbara and the Camp Dogs by Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine (Currency Press, in association with Belvoir)

Flood Damages by Eunice Andrada (Giramondo Publishing)
Tilt by Kate Lilley (Vagabond Press)
Milk Teeth by Rae White (University of Queensland Press), see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker

Writing for Young Adults
Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Between Us by Clare Atkins (Black Inc. Books)
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen & Unwin)

Indigenous Writing
Common People by Tony Birch (University of Queensland Press) see my review
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (University of Queensland Press) see my review
Taboo by Kim Scott (Picador Australia) see my review
Blakwork by Alison Whittaker (Magabala Books)

Unpublished Manuscript
Wedding Cake Island by John Byron
Kokomo by Victoria Hannan
Frontier Sport by Wayne Marshall

Highly commended

Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau (Brow Books), see Kim’s review at Reading Matters

Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia by Billy Griffiths (Black Inc. Books)
One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton (Melbourne University Publishing)
Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home by Sisonke Msimang (Text Publishing) see my review
Small Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law by Kate Rossmanith (Hardie Grant Books)

Lethal Indifference by Anna Barnes (Sydney Theatre Company)
In the Club by Patricia Cornelius (State Theatre Company of South Australia)

Body of Work by Elena Gomez (Cordite Publishing)
Subtraction by Fiona Hile (Vagabond Press)
Blakwork by Alison Whittaker (Magabala Books)

Young Adult
After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson (Allen & Unwin)
Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza (Penguin Random House Australia)
Unpublished Manuscript
The Fogging by Luke Horton
This Wasn’t Meant To Be Me by Allee Richards

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers.

Winners will be announced on Thursday 31 January 2019.


  1. Feels like the first time I haven’t read anything from the fiction list! (But have read a few from the non-fiction list).


    • I was like that last year, I hadn’t even heard of them.
      I must admit to abandoning Ironbark, I’m not prude but the graphic descriptions of sex so early in the book put me right off. I will try and borrow Noah Glass from the library… I’m not buying it because I have two of hers on the TBR and I never like her stuff anyway even though I always think I will!

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      • I have her Berlin one in the TBR stack – I think I’ve picked it up a couple of times and not got into it. I considered starting again (because I’m travelling to Berlin) but chose Turning by Jessica Lee instead (about swimming Berlin’s lakes) .


  2. […] by Kim Scott. which won the Prize for Indigenous Writing.  I did better on the shortlists, see my post about those titles here. There is some excellent reading among […]


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