Prime Minster’s Literary Awards Winners

The Prime Minster's Literary Awards celebrate the important contribution Australian writers, poets, illustrators and historians make to the Australian cultural and intellectual landscape.

The winners of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced at a ceremony in Canberra on December 1st. Each winner was chosen from shortlists announced in November. The winners in each category receive $80,000 and the shortlisted writers receive $5000.

Winning Titles:

Fiction

Their Brilliant Careers (Ryan O’Neill, Black Inc.)

Poetry

Headwaters (Anthony Lawrence, Pitt Street Poetry)

Australian History

Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story (Elizabeth Tynan, NewSouth)

Non-Fiction

Quicksilver (Nicolas Rothwell, Text)

Children’s Fiction (Joint Winners)

Home in the Rain (Bob Graham, Walker Books)
Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr, A&U)

Young Adult Fiction

Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley, Pan Macmillan)

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate the important contribution Australian writers, poets, illustrators and historians make to the Australian cultural and intellectual landscape, telling engaging stories in distinctive and compelling ways.