The 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Who do you think will win?

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognise excellence in Australian literature and history.

Award categories include:

fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction and children's fiction.

You will recognise CBCA shotlisted titles in the list.

Young adult fiction

  • Are You Seeing Me?by Darren Groth (Random House Australia)
  • The Astrologer's Daughterby Rebecca Lim (Text Publishing)
  • The Minnowby Diana Sweeney (Text Publishing)
  • The Protectedby Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)
  • Tigers on the Beachby Doug MacLeod (Penguin Books Australia)

Children's fiction

  • My Dad is a Bearby Nicola Connelly and illustrated by Annie White (New Frontier)
  • My Two Blanketsby Irena Kobald and illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Little Hare Books)
  • One Minute's Silenceby David Metzenthen and illustrated by Michael Camilleri (Allen & Unwin)
  • Two Wolvesby Tristan Bancks (Random House Australia)
  • Withering-by-Seaby Judith Rossell (HarperCollins Publishers)


  • Amnesiaby Peter Carey (Penguin Books Australia)
  • Golden Boysby Sonya Hartnett (Penguin Books Australia)
  • In Certain Circlesby Elizabeth Harrower (Text Publishing)
  • The Golden Ageby Joan London (Random House Australia)
  • To Name Those Lostby Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin)


  • Devadatta's Poemsby Judith Beveridge (Giramondo Publishing)
  • Earth Hourby David Malouf (University of Queensland Press)
  • Exhibits of the Sunby Stephen Edgar (Black Pepper Publishing)
  • Poems 1957–2013by Geoffrey Lehmann (UWA Publishing)
  • Towards the Equator: New & Selected Poemsby Alex Skovron (Puncher & Wattmann)

Prize for Australian History

  • Charles Beanby Ross Coulthart (Harper Collins)
  • Descent into Hellby Peter Brune (Allen & Unwin)
  • Menzies at Warby Anne Henderson (New South Publishing)
  • The Europeans in Australia—Volume Three: Nationby Alan Atkinson (New South Publishing)
  • The Spy Catchers—The Official History of ASIO Vol 1by David Horner (Allen & Unwin)


  • Encountering the Pacific: In the Age of Enlightenmentby John Gascoigne (Cambridge University Press)
  • John Olsen: An Artist's Lifeby Darleen Bungey (Harper Collins)
  • Private Billby Barrie Cassidy (Melbourne University Press)
  • This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trialby Helen Garner (Text Publishing)
  • Wild Bleak Bohemia: Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendallby Michael Wilding (Australian Scholarly Publishing)

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