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Nominated & Winning Books of Major Literary Awards

Each of the Major Literary Awards listed below has a link you can follow to get more information about or to see a list of books that have won (or been nominated) in the last few years. These books are great for reading, inspiration or for gifts. All books are available to purchase online.

Queensland Premier's Literary Award

The Queensland Premier's Literary Awards were inaugurated in 1999 and have grown to become a leading literary awards program within Australia, with $225 000 in prizemoney over 14 categories. The Awards offer all Australian established and aspiring authors the opportunity to gain recognition in the literary community as well as providing financial assistance to support the development of high quality writing.

Victorian Premiers Literary Awards

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
were established in 1985 by John Cain, the Premier of Victoria at that time, to mark the centenary of the births of Vance and Nettie Palmer - distinguished writers and critics who made significant contributions to Victorian and Australian literary culture. The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards are a key element in the Victorian Government's commitment to promote and raise the profile of contemporary creative writing and Australia's publishing industry.

Miles Franklin Award
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The Miles Franklin Literary Award celebrates Australian character and creativity and nurtures the continuing life of literature about Australia. It is awarded for the novel of the year which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.


Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

National Biography Award

The National Biography Award
was established in 1996 to encourage the highest standards of writing biography and autobiography and to promote public interest in those genres. The National Biography Award is administered by the State Library of New South Wales on behalf of the award's benefactors, Geoffrey Cains and Michael Crouch.

Walkley Award for Non Fiction

The annual Walkley Awards recognize excellence in Australian journalism across all mediums including print, television, radio, photographic and online media. The prestigious Gold Walkley is considered the pinnacle of journalistic achievement and the awards are akin only to the esteemed Pulitzer Prizes.

YABBA Awards

The YABBA awards are a children's choice book award in 3 sections, presented annually. The sections are: Picture Story Books, Fiction for Younger Readers,
Fiction for Older Readers.
Each year:
+ Children nominate Australian children's fiction books that have been published in the last ten years to create a short list.
+ Children vote for their favourite books by a specified date in October, (usually International Children's Day).
+ The winners are announced at the award ceremony where authors and illustrators receive YABBA citations presented by children.

Man Asia Literary Prize

Man Asian Literary Prize is an annual award for "Asian novel unpublished in English". The Prize was initiated by the Hong Kong International Literary Festival Limited with financial support from Man Group plc. It is administered by representatives from the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival, the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Colin Roderick Award

The Colin Roderick Award is made for the best original book of the year dealing with any aspect of Australian life and first published in 2007.

Nebula Awards
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The Nebula Awards are presented annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Guardian First Book Award

Guardian First Book Award is rewarded to the best new literary talent, whether working in the field of fiction or non-fiction and across all genres. Uniquely among book awards, it is open to writing across all genres and judged by both a celebrity panel and members of the public who participate through reading groups in Britain.

Edgar Award


The Edgar Allan Poe Awards®
are named after The Mystery Writers of America's patron saint, Edgar Allan Poe, and are awarded to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the mystery genre.

Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers.

Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature has recognized the whole spectrum of literary works including poetry, novels, short stories, plays, essays and speeches. Starting off with the first prize in 1901 to the poet and philosopher Sully Prudhomme, author of Stances et Poèmes (1865), the Prize has distinguished the works of authors from different languages and cultural backgrounds. It has been awarded to unknown masters as well as authors acclaimed worldwide.

Arthur C Clarke Awards

The Arthur C. Clarke Award
is the UK’s premier prize for science fiction literature.

NSW Premier's History Awards

The annual NSW Premier's History Awards were instituted in 1997 and are intended "to recognise and promote excellence in historical research, writing and presentation." Total prize money is $90,000, with each award category winner receiving $15,000.

Commonwealth Writer's Prize


The Commonwealth Writers Prize is funded and managed by the Commonwealth Foundation. The Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1987 to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin.

Hugo Award

The Hugo Award was named in honor of Hugo Gernsback, "The Father of Magazine Science Fiction," as he was described in a special award given to him in 1960. The Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, is given annually by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS).

Kate Greenaway Medal


The Kate Greenaway Medal was established by The Library Association in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs.

Ned Kelly Awards

Awarded annually by the Crime Writers Association of Australia, the Ned Kelly awards are presented for Australian Crime Writing in the following categories: Best Novel/ Best First Novel/ Best True Crime/ Lifetime Achievement Award

The Age Book of the Year


The book of the year recognises the best piece of Australian literature for the year.

Children's Book Council of Australia Awards


These annual awards are for books with an implied readership under the age of eighteen, and are presented in five categories.

The Judges assess entries for the Awards primarily for literary merit, including cohesiveness in significant literary elements; language chosen carefully for its appropriateness to the theme and style of the work with proper regard to the aesthetic qualities of language; and originality in the treatment of literary elements as they apply to the form of the work. Judges also consider quality of illustrations, book design, production, printing and binding.

National Book Awards (US)

National Book Awards (US)
are given to recognize achievements in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. The Winners, selected by five-member, independent judging panels for each genre, receive a $10,000 cash award and a crystal sculpture.

Pulitzer Prize

In the latter years of the 19th century, Joseph Pulitzer stood out as the very embodiment of American journalism. In writing his 1904 will, which made provision for the establishment of the Pulitzer Prizes as an incentive to excellence, Pulitzer specified solely four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one for education, and four traveling scholarships. In letters, prizes were to go to an American novel, an original American play performed in New York, a book on the history of the United States, an American biography, and a history of public service by the press.

Samuel Johnson Prize


The UK's most prestigious non-fiction literary award returns for 2007. Now in its ninth year, the prize is open to books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. All books published in the UK by writers of any nationality are eligible.

Prime Ministers Prize for Australian History


The Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History is awarded annually for an outstanding publication or body of work that contributes significantly to an understanding of Australian history.The Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History comprises an embossed gold medallion and a grant of $100,000 and may be awarded to an individual or a group.

WA Premier's Book Awards

Annual literary awards were inaugurated by the Western Australian Government in 1982 to honour and celebrate the literary achievements of Western Australian writers. Until 1990 they were called the WA Week Literary Awards. They are now known as the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.

NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Arts NSW administers the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. These awards, which are offered annually, honour distinguished achievement by Australian writers. In 2008, 11 prizes ranging in value from $5,000 to $20,000 will be open for application.

Costa (Formerly Whitbread) Award
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The Costa Book Awards is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the largest and most international prize of its kind. It involves libraries from all corners of the globe, and is open to books written in any language. The Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is a partnership between Dublin City Council, the Municipal Government of Dublin City, and IMPAC, a productivity improvement company which operates in over 50 countries.

Orange Prize for Fiction

The UK's largest annual literary award for a single book aims to celebrate novels of excellence by women writers. The prize also helps promote women writers to as wide a range of readers as possible both in the UK and around the world.

A Beginner's Guide to Writing a Novel
By Rachelle Arlin Credo

No one is born a novel writer. But do you believe that we all have the capability to be writers? Impossible as it may seem but the answer is yes! If we have the passion for it and if we strive to make it happen, novelwriting can be as easy as writing ABC. Writing is actually not a very complicated thing. It is just like drawing, painting, and even cooking. It is an art! Your imagination is all that it takes to get it started. What makes it hard is not writing itself but how people make it harder than it really is.

The first key to writing a novel is the ability to dream and imagine. Think back to when you were a little child and dreamed. Your imagination took you to places you've never been before. It made you do things you never thought you could do. Having superpowers... being in strange places... the conditions are limitless. Writing a novel is actually imagination translated into words. You close your eyes and let your thoughts drift while creating a web of consequential ideas. After which, you write them down on paper.

The second key to writing is formulating the premise of your novel. Let's say you'd start with a huge asteroid moving about in space. Then suddenly it collided with another asteroid and instantly created an explosion. Some of the explosion's debris fell down into the earth's atmosphere. By accident a person comes in contact with it. These sequence of events could be your initial start in which you let your mind take hold of and run with to produce the succeeding events.

The third key would be creating a stream of spontaneous ideas. Once you have the initial idea, sink down into it and allow yourself to be completely absorbed. Let's say after the person comes in contact with the asteroid debris, he gains supernatural powers! And then he notices some new changes in his being, not just physically but also emotionally and psychologically. This is where an avalanche of new ideas start coming in. You will notice that you are no longer directing your story but your story is directing you. That makes writing now so easy. You don't need to analyze anything because the story now starts to play like a movie. All you have to do is put them into words as the story plays in your head.

Next, make sure you are able to retain your daydreaming and concentration as one event goes after another. This state is now called the "alpha state". According to Judith Tramayne-Barth, this is the place between consciousness and sleep. Time stands still when you are in this state. Words keep coming to you until you start to feel pain in your legs and in your waist and then you suddenly flick consciousness and you become flabbergasted because you've not only written one or two pages but five or more without even knowing it!

The next key would be to practice flipping in and out of the "alpha state". You can do this by rereading what you've written and internalizing it as if it was your first time. It might take you time, as much as hours or even days before you are able to go to your "alpha state" again but once you're adept at going into the zone, it would only be a matter of minutes before you start writing a new dialogue.

So, you've finished your story! Now it's time to do the final touch-ups. There is still one last thing that you need to do. Yea, you guessed it. You need to check the entire story again for spelling, punctuations, grammar, correct word usage and coherence. You might even need to revise it a few times before you are able to arrive with the final output. But don't fret, it's not much work really compared to writing the entire novel. What's important is you now have your own novel, written by yourself, using your very own imagination. How much more proud could you get?

2005 Rachelle Arlin Credo. All rights reserved.

Rachelle Arlin Credo is a freelance writer and web columnist from the Philippines. She writes on a variety of topics for print and online publications. For more info, visit her website at

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