Shortlists announced for 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Tuesday 5 April 2022

Contemporary works by leading and emerging Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the State Library of NSW announced today.

Thirty judges considered a record of 746 entries across 10 prize categories, with the winners to be announced on the eve of the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Monday 16 May 2022. $295,000 in prize money will be awarded including sponsored awards, making them the richest state-funded literary awards in the country.

NSW Premier, The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, said: “Since 1979 the Premier’s Literary Awards in NSW have shone light on some of the finest Australian writers. This year’s shortlisted works are a testament to this country’s rich literary culture.”

According to State Librarian John Vallance: “As we emerge from the pandemic, and from a uniquely challenging two years, reading and writing continue to entertain, comfort and challenge us. These Awards recognise the role of writing and reading in our lives, and acknowledge the contribution made by authors and publishers to society.”

2022 Senior Judge, Jane McCredie, commented: “This year’s shortlists showcase the richness and diversity of contemporary Australian literature, honouring well-known writers and thrilling new voices. Whether exploring the biggest challenges faced by humanity or the most intimate details of our lives, these writers demonstrate courage, insight and exceptional literary skill. Through their work, we gain a better understanding of the world we have made and of our own humanity."

View the shortlists and judges' comments for the 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

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