Children’s book award to join top state literary awards

Already home to the country’s richest literary award, Victoria’s Premier’s Literary Awards program is set to expand with the introduction of a new award to celebrate children’s literature.

Announced ahead of Children’s Week, the new Children’s Literature Prize will offer $25,000 in prize money to the creators of the best children’s book published each year in Australia.

The annual prize will include writing for children from zero to twelve years old. The first selection of entries will take place in 2023, with the winner announced at the 2024 awards ceremony.

Joining the current categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Indigenous Writing, and Writing for Young Adults, the new honor sits alongside the Unpublished Manuscript Award and the Choice Award. public.

Each year, the winner of the Children’s Literature Prize will also be nominated for the Victorian Prize for Literature – worth an additional $100,000, the prize is the nation’s largest literary prize.

Inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honor the literary achievements of Australian writers, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards showcase the breadth and depth of Australian literary talent.

The awards are administered by the Wheeler Center for Books, Writing and Ideas on behalf of the Premier of Victoria. For updates on awards and upcoming Wheeler Center events, visit wheelercentre.com

Starting October 22, Children’s Week celebrates the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children through free, family-friendly events and activities. For more details visit vic.gov.au/childrens-week

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