Posted by: Lisa Hill | February 3, 2022

2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards winners

The 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards winners have been announced.

The winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature is Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience by Veronica Gorrie (Scribe Publications).

Here are the category winners, highlighted in bold:


  • After Story by Larissa Behrendt (University of Queensland Press), see my review
  • Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down (Text Publishing)
  • Echolalia by Briohny Doyle (Penguin Random House)
  • The Dogs by John Hughes (Upswell Publishing), see my review
  • Smokehouse by Melissa Manning (University of Queensland Press)
  • Permafrost by S.J Norman (University of Queensland Press)


  • Coming of Age in the War on Terror by Randa Abdel-Fattah (NewSouth)
  • Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future by Danielle Celermajer (Penguin Random House)
  • Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience by Veronica Gorrie (Scribe Publications)
  • The Mother Wound by Amani Haydar (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Buried Not Dead by Fiona McGregor (Giramondo Publishing)
  • Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watego (University of Queensland Press)

Indigenous Writing

  • Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen (University of Queensland Press)
  • Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience by Veronica Gorrie (Scribe Publications)
  • The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough (Allen & Unwin)
  • Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watego (University of Queensland Press)


  • Return to the Dirt by Steve Perie (Queensland Theatre)
  • Archimedes War by Melissa Reeves (Darebin Speakeasy)
  • Milk by Dylan Van Den Berg (Currency Press)


  • How Decent Folk Behave by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette Australia)
  • Human Looking by Andy Jackson (Giramondo Publishing)
  • Trigger Warning by Maria Takolander (University of Queensland Press)

Writing for Young Adults

  • Girls in Boys’ Cars by Felicity Castagna (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Gaps by Leanne Hall (Text Publishing)
  • Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim (Allen & Unwin)

Unpublished Manuscript

  • Fauna of Mirrors by Keshe Chow
  • Lead Us Not by Abbey Lay
  • The Albatross by Nina Wan

Highly commended


  • The Other Half of You by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Hachette Australia)
  • In Moonland by Miles Allinson (Scribe Publications), see my review
  • Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss (Simon & Schuster Australia), see my review


  • Currowan by Bronwyn Adcock (Black Inc. Books)
  • The Shape of Sound by Fiona Murphy (Text Publishing)
  • Design: Building on Country by Alison Page & Paul Memmott (Thames and Hudson Australia)

Indigenous Writing

  • Permafrost by S.J Norman (University of Queensland Press)
  • Homecoming by Elfie Shiosaki (Magabala Books), see my review


  • Dogged by Andrea James and Catherine Ryan (Currency Press)


  • Gravidity and Parity by Eleanor Jackson (Vagabond Press)
  • m//otherland by Asiel Adan Sanchez (Revarena)
  • Homecoming by Elfie Shiosaki (Magabala Books)

Young Adult

  • The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni (Penguin Random House Australia)

Unpublished Manuscript

  • Orangutan Ballet by C.J. Garrow
  • The Echoes of George Street by Elliot J Han
  • Strange Intersections by Soja Pitt

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!

To find out more visit the awards website.

In other awards news, I have seen a Tweet from poet Adam Aitken that he has won the Patrick White Award.  See a profile of him here.


  1. I saw on Wikipedia a week or so ago that Adam Aiken had won the Patrick White Award but hadn’t seen any announcement. I wonder when it was?

    Interesting awards list, BTW.


    • Aitken! Autocorrect


      • Ha, don’t you love autocorrect…
        I hope I’m wrong, but I think that maybe the lack of attention to the Aitken award is because there isn’t really a strong voice for poetry on social media. Tony Messenger reviewed a lot of poetry on his blog for a while, and (with his permission) I reblogged it here on mine but although we all do a bit of it from time to time (especially Brona) there isn’t a comprehensive review site that we can look to or follow for news like this.
        What I saw about it was on Twitter and it was Aitken himself announcing it, because no one else had. (Or, I should say, no one that I follow, had.)
        But the other thing that’s odd is that the VPLAs had almost no attention on Twitter. I don’t have the bandwidth at the moment to watch a livestream, so I put out a request for people to tweet the winners, and zip, nothing, nada. I searched the hashtag, I searched the Wheeler Centre, and in the end I just had to wait until the winners were up on the website.
        Maybe everyone is on Instagram or TikTok or WhatsApp?
        But my stats are still holding up if they are…


        • I saw UQP announce their VPLA winners on Instagram. But I came to your blog for the full list as you usually do it!


          • *chuckle* The press release came into my inbox the next day…

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