Shortlists announced for 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

The shortlists for the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have just been announced.
 
Thirty judges considered a record of 633 entries across 10 prize categories, with the winners to be announced online on the eve of the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Monday 26 April 2021.
 
NSW Premier, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, said: “For more than four decades, the Premier’s Literary Awards in NSW have given vital support and encouragement to our literary culture. After more than a year of COVID-19, we could all use an added dose of inspiration during these challenging times. I congratulate every writer who entered and particularly those who have been named on the shortlist.” 
 
According to State Librarian John Vallance: “You can’t guarantee good writing just by giving generous prizes, but there’s no doubt that it helps a lot. The NSW Premier’s Awards continue to attract and encourage the best writing in Australia. I encourage you all to buy these books and read them before the judges announce their final decisions.”