2022 Miles Franklin shortlist announced

Five authors compete for the nation's most prestigious literary prize.

The five novels shortlisted for Australia’s most prestigious literary award were announced online on Thursday (23 June).

The $60,000 prize is awarded to a work judged as being ‘of the highest literary merit’ and which presents ‘Australian life in any of its phases’.

This year’s shortlisted writers include an author whose novel was rejected by numerous publishers before being self-published, a previous Miles Franklin winner, and three established authors.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She's the outgoing books editor of The Big issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press. Her next collection, Decadence, will be published in July 2022. Twitter: @thuy_on