This page is a list of the prize winners held in the LRC collection. It will be updated as the prizes are announced year to year. It is far from an exhaustive list and will only include titles held in the LRC prize and award winners we do not hold will not included but clicking on the logos will take you to complete lists.
Please note that the Stella, Kibble and Barbara Jefferis Awards focus on female writers.
The Stella Prize is a major literary award that celebrates Australian women’s writing and an organisation that champions cultural change.
The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.
The Stella Prize seeks to:
Amongst some of Australia's most prestigious awards for women writers, the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards (the Kibble Awards) aim to encourage Australian women writers to improve and advance literature for the benefit of our community.
The Awards recognise the works of female authors of fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, literature and any writing with a strong personal element.
The Kibble Literary Award recognises the work of an established author while the Dobbie Literary Award recognises a first published work.
The Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards are biennial and will next be awarded in 2018.
Winner of the 2016 Kibble Award
Winner of the 2016 Dobbie Award
Recognising and rewarding the best Australian writing as chosen by Australian Independent Booksellers. The Awards celebrate the enormous depth and range of literary talent in this nation.
Only titles available in the LRC are listed a full list is available on the Indies website.
Indies Category Winner – Fiction and Book of the Year
Indies Category Winner – Young Adult fiction
The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.
The winners of the five award categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults – each receive $25,000 and go on to contest the Victorian Prize for Literature.
Participate in the awards by voting for your favourite work on the shortlist. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be named alongside the general category winners, and will receive $2,000.
Only titles available in the LRC are listed a full list is available on the VPLA website.
Winner Writing for Young Adults and People's Choice
The ALS Gold Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year. The Medal was inaugurated by the Australian Literature Society, which was founded in Melbourne in 1899 and incorporated into the Association for the Study of Australian Literature in 1982. No nominations are required, though ASAL members are invited to propose potential winners to the judging panel.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) is an annual celebration that celebrates the connection between Australian readers and the ‘book makers’ – authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers, who unite to create the must-read books of the year.
Only titles available in the LRC are listed a full list is available on the ABIA website.
General Fiction Book of the Year and Gold ABIA for Book of the Year (chosen from pool of ABIA category winners)
Biography Book of the Year
Book of the Year for Older Children
New Writer of the Year
The annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards affirm the quality of some of Australia’s most creative people and provides a boost to their capacity to devote time to their craft.
Established with the first awards in 1946, the annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards aim to:
Book of the Year: Older Readers
Book of the Year: Older Readers - Honours
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature. They are unique in that they are judged solely by librarians.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people (the LRC does not hold Kate Greenaway Medal winners).
CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner 2017
The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is one of Australia's richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Offering prize money of $20,000 plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties, The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award has launched the careers of some of Australia's most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan.
Every year, publishing house Hardie Grant Egmont throws open the doors and puts out the call for manuscripts by unpublished writers. It's called the Ampersand Prize. The Ampersand Prize aims to find brilliant debut novels by YA and middle-grade writers. If they fall in love with a manuscript, the writer gets a contract, an advance and serious editorial development to bring their books to market. Previous winners include The Flywheel by Erin Gough and Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil.
Most Recently Published Winner - Cally Black (2015)
The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK. It is a prize that transforms the winner’s career.
2017 Man Booker Prize Winner
Some prizes are at the listed stage these will be updated as prizes progress through the stages of judgement.
Goodreads Best of 2017
Three rounds of voting will determine the fans favourite accross a range of catagories. Round one ends November 5th; round 2 runs from November 7th to 12th and the final round runs from November 14th to 27th.
There are two awards that you as a reader have a big say in the winner of. The Inkys famed for being by young people and for young people and The Goodreads Choice Awards.
The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of InsideaDog.com.au. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.
MacRob students can apply to become judges. This process is undertaken in February and March.
Winner of the 2017 Gold Inky Award
The Goodreads Choice Awards is a yearly award program, first launched on Goodreads in 2009. Users are able to vote for the books that Goodreads has nominated and are also able to nominate books of their choosing, released in the given year. The majority of books that Goodreads itself nominates are from Goodreads authors. The final voting round collects the top 10 books from 20 different categories.
All Goodreads members are encouraged to nominate and vote for their favourites. It can be quite an exciting time to be a Goodreads member. The catagories a varied from childrens to humor to science a full list is available on the Goodreads site, the LRC is only including the titles we hold on this page.
Best Memoir & Autobiography
Best Graphic Novel
Best Debut Goodreads Author
Best Young Adult Fiction
Best Young Adult Fantasy
Unlike other awards The Top 101 does not require a book to have been published in the last 1 or 2 years to be eligible, this is about readers (specifically Dymocks Booklovers) all time favourites though it can end up being favourite for now. For example in the 2017 list there are books as ranging as George Orwell's 1984 to Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project.
2017 Top 101 number 1:
Some awards seek to acknowledge an author's entire cataloge of work rather than an individual title.
The books listed under these awards are not all the published titles by that author (not even all held by the LRC), merely a selection. The awards listed here may change yearly.
The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually, since 1901, to an author from any country who has, in the words of the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". Though individual works are sometimes cited as being particularly noteworthy, here "work" refers to an author's work as a whole. Previous Laureates include: T.S. Eliot, John Steinbeck, Patrick White, J.M. Coetzee, and somewhat controversially Bob Dylan
2017 Nobel Laureate for Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro
Criteria for winning the Franz Kafka Priza: "the quality and exclusivity of the artwork, its humanistic character and contribution to cultural, national, language and religious tolerance, its existential, timeless character, its generally human validity and its ability to hand over a testimony about our times". The prize can be awarded to a living author from any country of origin, though that author must have at least one work published in the Czech language.
The prize came to be notable after two winners went on to become Nobel Laurates for Literature in their respective years after winning the Franz Kafka Prize.
2017 Winner: Margaret Atwood
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