Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 18, 2020

2020 Voss Literary Prize shortlist

Update 4/12/20: The winner has been announced: congratulations to Tara June Winch for The Yield!

The shortlist for the Voss Literary Prize has just been announced.

I can’t find the date that the winner will be announced but in previous years it was announced in December.  For more info see their website.

The shortlisted novels are:

Alex Landragin, Crossings (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Andrew McGahan, The Rich Man’s House (Allen & Unwin)

Mohammed Massoud Morsi, The Palace of Angels (Wild Dingo Press), see my review

Meg Mundell, The Trespassers (University of Queensland Press), see my review

Carrie Tiffany, Exploded View (Text Publishing Company), see my review

Tara June Winch, The Yield (Penguin Random House Australia), see my review

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Previous winners were:

  • 2014 The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
  • 2015 In Certain Circles by Elizabeth Harrower
  • 2016 The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky
  • 2017The Last Days of Ava Langdon by Mark O’Flynn
  • 2018 The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser
  • 2019 The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton


  1. Thanks for posting, Lisa. Some great books there, and some I have yet to read.


    • It’s interesting to have a posthumous nominee (McGahan). The last time that happened, I think, was when Georgia Blain was nominated for something, the Stella? (It can’t have been the MF, because her last book wasn’t a novel).


      • Yes, she was nominated for the Stella for ‘Between a Wolf and a Dog’.


        • Ah, well, then I was wrong, because that is a novel, and a very good one too.


  2. The only name I recognise is Tara June Winch. Hangs head in shame…..


    • No, don’t feel bad, I’m not so great at recognising Welsh writers!


  3. Looking at the past winners, one sees that this prize has good judges. All were deserved winners and they have a very good shortlist this time, too! McGahan definitely deserves his place on the list, posthumously or not!


    • I have to confess to not reading McGahan: I read The White Earth and didn’t like it. That was back in 2006 when I was a different kind of reader, and I knew that so I bought his Wonders of a Godless World but never got round to reading it…
      I have got the impression that he writes grunge and so every time I see the book there on the shelf I pass it over for something else.
      I need somebody I trust to write a review that entices me to give him another go, otherwise he might not survive the next cull.


      • Yes, McGahan has written some grunge, including Praise, but his latest is not grunge. Its themes include the environment and greed, and I loved it. And The White Earth is literary fiction and one of my favourite books of all time. You should read at least that one!


        • Ha! I still have The White Earth in my Miles Franklin collection so I could re-read it, but maybe I should read Wonders first…


  4. Well I’ve read the women on this list but not the men!


    • I’m sure you won’t be alone in saying that…

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      • I’m too scared to read McGahan. Remember reading his debut in the early 1990s. It was grunge and I hated it. Lol.


        • That would have been Praise, I think. I had that, and I turfed it out when someone (Bill from The Australian Legend?) told me it was grunge.

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