West Australian Premier’s Book Awards

Literary Prizes: hmmm…

While you might argue that it’s always a strange business ranking literary efforts, prizes are nevertheless great incentives for writers, and they do a fantastic job of getting work out there, noticed and celebrated. So thanks WA Premier’s Department and the SLWA for your ongoing support of the arts!


This year, as for the last two years, I’m chairing the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards, for which I am a Poetry judge. We’ve had some fantastic titles this year – really encouraging to see both established and new poets taking the stage and covering a range of styles and themes. Our recently announced Poetry short list (in alphabetical order) is:

Bonnie Cassidy  Certain Fathoms
Julie Chevalier Darger: his girls
Aidan Coleman Asymmetry
Robert Gray Cumulus
Brook Emery Collusion
Peter Rose Crimson Crop

Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on September 16th!

Here’s an article from The West Australian regarding the announcement of the short list:




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