Oz PM’s Literary Award Short Lists

The short lists for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced today and they include both well-known and emerging Australian writers:

Short list for Fiction

Short list for Non-fiction

Independent publishers from Australia and abroad appear in both groups; you could say that short stories are represented by David Malouf and poetry is there through the work of Dorothy Porter. Since the PM will have the last word(s), I’m wondering if they’ll be Sorry and Ochre and Rust.

My book didn’t make the cut, but it was like being in the Olympics and I’m glad that Back Burning was one of the 91 fiction submissions. My publisher is taking care of my royalty donation to the Indigenous Literacy Project, so thanks to all those who bought my book, thus allowing it to be considered. Getting nowhere isn’t so bad when you know that your stories are being read and you’re helping a good cause. Onwards!