The winners of the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced today at Government House in Hobart.
The Premier Will Hodgman said the Tasmanian Government was proud to provide $40,000 to the awards and congratulated the winners for their outstanding work.
Literary talent is clearly flourishing in Tasmania, and our state is proving to be a great source of inspiration for our creative best.
I congratulate all winners of the awards, particularly winner of the Tasmanian Book Prize, Rebe Taylor.
The Premier’s Literary Prizes are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate writing in and about the place we call home.
The prizes were judged by an independent panel from the literary sector, chaired by Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart.
The Tasmania Book Prize for the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre - $25 000
The Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship - $5 000
The Margaret Scott Prize for best book by a Tasmanian writer - $5 000
The University of Tasmania Prize for the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian Writer - $5 000
There were almost 1 000 votes cast in the Premier’s Literary Prizes People’s Choice Awards with the public voting for:
The University of Tasmania Prize People’s Choice Award
The Margaret Scott Prize People’s Choice Award
Tasmania Book Prize People’s Choice Award
A media kit including author biographies, synopses and judges’ comments is available on request.
For more about the Premier’s Literary Prizes visithttp://tasmanianartsguide.com.au/plp/
The Tasmanian Government delivers the prizes through Arts Tasmania with the support of the University of Tasmania and private philanthropists.