Culture and the Arts Minister John Day yesterday announced the Call for Entries for the 2011 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.
Mr Day said “The State Government recognises the importance of literature and stories to inspire creativity and record the history of a culturally rich society. The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, now into its 30th year enables the celebration of the best writers and publishers in this country.”
“The Awards have historically attracted a high calibre of entries, with Miles Franklin Award and Oscar Award winners amongst the contending authors.”
Entries for the 2011 Awards are now open and the online entry form and guidelines can be found on the State Library of Western Australia’s website www.slwa.wa.gov.au. To be eligible authors must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia, or their work must have Australia as its primary focus.
The closing date for entries is 5pm Tuesday 31 January 2012.
The Award categories are: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s Books, Writing for Young Adults, Poetry, Scripts, West Australian History, and the Digital Narrative Award, which recognises the use of new media in storytelling/writing. The popular People’s Choice Award to select the favourite book from the shortlist in one category will again be held for these awards
The Premier’s Prize of $25,000 is presented to the overall winner, who is chosen by the Judges from the category winners.
“The State Government is proud to make the prize pool available for these Awards and I would like to acknowledge the State Library for managing the Awards and also sponsoring the West Australian History Award”, said Mr Day.
Short listed entries will be announced in June 2012 with the winners announced in late August 2012.
- Go to the Online Entry Form
- Go to the 2011 Guidelines (Word 342 KB)
- Go to the Digital Narrative Guidelines (Word 296 KB)
- Media Statement: Authors can book place in Premiers awards (Word 146 KB)