Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 4, 2022

2022 Voss Literary Prize shortlist

The Shortlist for the 2022 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.  Titles in bold were shortlisted from the longlist:

Michael Mohammed Ahmad, The Other Half of You (Hachette Australia)

Larissa Behrendt, After Story (University of Queensland Press), see my review

Emily Bitto, Wild Abandon (Allen & Unwin)

Katherine Brabon, The Shut Ins (Allen & Unwin)

Michelle De Kretser, Scary Monsters (Allen & Unwin), see my review

Jennifer Down, Bodies of Light (Text Publishing Company)

Graeme Friedman, What the Boy Hears When the Girl Dreams (Brio Books)

Hannah Kent, Devotion (Picador Pan Macmillan)

Susan Johnson, From Where I Fell (Allen & Unwin), see my review

Alice Pung, One Hundred Days (Black Inc)

The Voss Literary Prize is an award dedicated to the memory of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss (1930-1963), an historian and lover of literature from Emu Park in Central Queensland who studied History and Latin at the University of Sydney and modern languages at the University of Rome. His will stipulated that a literary award be established to reward the best novel from the previous year.


  1. And I thought the award was named after Patrick White’s novel, “Voss”.


    • That’s kinda what I thought too! 😆

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      • I did too, the first time I heard of it.
        But like our Patrick White Award, which he funded himself from his Nobel Prize money, this award is funded by the person for whom it’s named i.e. Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss.


      • I wrote a post about this award back in 2014 – it has a very interesting story. It was some decades in the making.

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        • Yes, I remember that. There was quite a delay between his death and the first award.


  2. I bought Scary Monsters after it was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize but haven’t got round to reading it yet.


    • Actually… IMO you could read it for Novellas in November. Apart from one easy-to-miss link, it’s really two separate stories.


  3. Wow. Not only have I never heard of the award, nor have I heard of any of the books on this list or on the previous winners (I googled them). Interesting (and disappointing), how little we sometimes hear about something on the other side of the world. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.


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