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The Tasmanian Literary Awards 2022

Tasmania’s unique and vibrant culture is one of our most treasured assets, and our State has its own story to tell.

Formerly known as the Premiers’ Literary Prizes, the Tasmanian Literary Awards 2022 will offer more opportunities to recognise and promote excellence in Tasmania’s literary sector.

About the Tasmanian Literary Awards

The Tasmanian Literary Awards celebrate excellence in the Tasmanian literary sector, raise the profile of Tasmanian authors and foster and support literary talent in our State.

To support and foster literary talent in Tasmania, the new Tasmanian Literary Awards will now only be open to writers living in Tasmania.

Longlists for the book awards will be announced in October 2022 and shortlists for all the awards will be announced in November 2022.

The winners of the Tasmanian Literary Awards 2022 will be announced in December 2022.

The Tasmanian Literary Awards are administered by Arts Tasmania on behalf of the Tasmanian Government.

2022 Awards

Premier’s Prize for Fiction - $25 000

For the best work of fiction by a Tasmanian writer

Entries open from 2 June 2022 to 13 July 2022

Entries closed on 13 July 2022

Premier’s Prize for Non-fiction - $25 000

For the best work of non-fiction by a Tasmanian writer

Entries open from 2 June 2022 to 13 July 2022

Entries closed on 13 July 2022

Minister for the Arts’ Prize for Books for Young Readers and Children - $25 000

For a published work written for children and young adults in any genre

Entries open from 2 June 2022 to 13 July 2022

Entries closed on 13 July 2022

Tim Thorne Prize for Poetry - $25 000

For a published book of poetry by a Tasmanian writer

This award is named in honour of renowned Tasmanian poet Tim Thorne (1944–2021).

Entries open from 2 June 2022 to 13 July 2022

Entries closed on 13 July 2022

University of Tasmania Prize - $10 000

For the best new unpublished literary work by a Tasmanian writer

Supported by the University of Tasmania

Entries open from 2 June 2022 to 27 July 2022

Entries now open

Tasmanian Aboriginal Writer’s Fellowship – $10 000

Open to all unpublished and published Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers living in Tasmania.

Entries extended: entries open from 2 June 2022 to 15 August 2022

Entries now open 

The recipient of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Writer’s Fellowship will also be offered a publishing opportunity in Island Magazine in 2023. The writer can select one of their existing unpublished pieces, or work on something completely new. The work can be in any genre or form (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, script or a hybrid piece) of up to 4000 words.

The writer will work with Island’s editorial team to develop and finalise the piece. Copyright in the work will remain with the author, and they will receive a licencing fee at Island’s 2023 contributor rate. Publishing timelines to be agreed between the recipient and Island’s Managing Editor.  Extended editorial support/mentorship to develop the work can also be negotiated.

Margaret Scott Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship - $5 000

Awarded to a young Tasmanian young writer (aged 30 years and under)

Named in honour of well-known Tasmanian writer, Margaret Scott (1934–2005)

Entries extended: entries open from 2 June 2022 to 15 August 2022

Entries now open 

The recipient of the Margaret Scott Tasmanian Writer’s Fellowship will also be offered a publishing opportunity in Island Magazine in 2023. The writer can select one of their existing unpublished pieces, or work on something completely new. The work can be in any genre or form (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, script or a hybrid piece) of up to 4000 words.

The writer will work with Island’s editorial team to develop and finalise the piece. Copyright in the work will remain with the author, and they will receive a licencing fee at Island’s 2023 contributor rate. Publishing timelines to be agreed between the recipient and Island’s Managing Editor.  Extended editorial support/mentorship to develop the work can also be negotiated.

Tasmanian Literary Awards Terms and Conditions

See terms and conditions, for full details of all the prizes.

Download the full Terms and Conditions (PDF).

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