2018 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists

We are pleased to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!


The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

"Michelle de Kretser is a perfectionist in her crafting of precise sentences, exquisite imagery and subtly shifting perspectives. Her laser-beam satire sees through pretension and ignorance, while paying respect to the lost and lonely. The Life to Come portrays Australia's multi-faceted identity with tremendous wit and insight."


No Front Line by Chris Masters

"Masters' detailed book tells an important story of modern warfare. This was undoubtedly a difficult book to write but the author navigates complex material with authority and humanity to present a serious and balanced account."

Young Adult fiction:

My Lovely Frankie by Judith Clarke

"This is a literary work and one where the emotions stirred by it are likely to reverberate with the reader long after the last page has been turned."

Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren

"An honest and thought-provoking celebration of human courage and resilience; the importance of family and friendship; the need to build intercultural understandings; and the hopefulness that can foster new beginnings."

Children's fiction:

Storm Whale by Sarah Brennan and Jane Tanner

"This is a book about caring for the natural world and evokes our compassion ... The story covers a short time frame but runs through a gamut of emotions and beautifully constructs a beach holiday with a difference."

Pea Pod Lullaby by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

"Deeply evocative, the story can be interpreted as a metaphor for the many difficult and dangerous journeys we might need to take during a lifetime. Themes of courage and resilience are reflected alongside the need to trust and support one another and hold out hope against seemingly insurmountable odds."

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian writing makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life. Up to $100,000 is awarded in each category: $80,000 for each winner and $5,000 each for shortlisted entries.

The winners of the awards will be announced later this year, more information can be found on here.

The Life to Come

by Michelle de Kretser

The dazzling new novel from Michelle de Kretser, author of Questions of Travel, bestseller and winner of the Miles Franklin Award.

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No Front Line

by Chris Masters

Australia's foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan.

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My Lovely Frankie

by Judith Clarke

A masterful, moving story about a teenage boy caught between faith and love, by one of Australia's finest YA writers.

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Living on Hope Street

by Demet Divaroren

A young adult novel that shines a light on contemporary society. With unforgettable characters, this heartfelt novel explores cross-cultural friendships, difficult family relationships, racism and redemption.

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Storm Whale

by Sarah Brennan, illustrated by Jane Tanner

A captivating and beautifully illustrated story about three sisters who find a stranded whale on the beach.

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Pea Pod Lullaby

by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

A glorious, heartfelt story about finding a safe place to call home, from award-winning book creators Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King.

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