Winners of 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards announced

Writers across six categories took home $80,000 each, with a focus on stories of war.

Last night at an awards ceremony held in Launceston, Tasmania, Nicolas Rothwell, Andy Jackson, Mark Willacy, Christine Helliwell, Leanne Hall and Sherryl Clark were announced as winners of the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (PMLAs).

This year’s panel of judges include poet Geoffrey Lehmann and Indigenous academic Sandra Phillips among a total of 15 experts across the field. Editors and writers from The Australian had an overarching representation on the panel, including current literary editor Caroline Overington; writer, journalist and critic Peter Craven; and former literary editor, writer and critic, Stephen Romei. The panel was appointed by the previous federal government.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_