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Shortlists announced for 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Friday 20 March 2020

Contemporary works by leading and emerging Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the State Library of NSW announced today.

Twenty-nine judges considered almost 600 entries across 10 prize categories. Up to $295,000 in prize money will be handed out including sponsored awards, making them the richest state-funded literary awards in the country.

NSW Premier, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, said: “The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have celebrated local writers since 1979 and it’s fantastic our State continues to foster Australian talent every year. The diversity of the works produced by this year’s shortlisted writers makes for compelling reading. I congratulate each and every one of you and wish you luck ahead of the winners’ announcements next month.”

State Librarian John Vallance said: “The Premier’s Literary Awards are a highlight of our annual literary calendar. This year’s judges have been working through 595 entries to create a shortlist that shows the strength of writing and publishing in Australia.”

2020 Senior Judge, Jane McCredie, commented: “This year's shortlists feature a dazzling array of stories from talented writers delving into Australian and universal themes. How we relate to each other and to a natural world in crisis, our fractured histories, our possible futures: no topic is too big or too challenging. I congratulate all the shortlisted writers on their extraordinary achievement.”

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