Prime Minister’s Literary Awards winners 2023

Winners across six literary categories each take home $80,000 in this year's Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Image is six different book covers.

Creative Australia has just announced the winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (PMLA) at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

The Awards are the richest literary prize in the country, with a tax-free prize pool of $600,000 in acknowledgement of the literary excellence of Australian writers and illustrators. A total of 643 entries were received across six literary categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Australian History. Each category winner receives $80,000. The Awards shortlistees, announced on 25 October, have each received a prize of $5000. 

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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 was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on