We are delighted to congratulate the 37 writers from around Australia who have been shortlisted for the 2022 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious literary awards.
The biennial awards offer a total prize pool of $167,500 across six national and five South Australian categories, including the coveted Premier’s Award worth $25,000 for the overall winner. The awards also include three fellowships for South Australian writers worth $15,000 each.
Established in 1986, and managed by the State Library of South Australia, these awards continue to highlight the importance of our unique South Australian writers.
The judges were impressed with the high standard of this year’s entries, giving high praise to writers, and noting the exceptional quality of their work, and speaking to the enormously enriching, and beautifully realised works. Among the shortlisted national finalists for 2022 are South Australian writers Vikki Wakefield (Young Adult Fiction category), Patrick Allington (Fiction category), Danielle Clode (Non-Fiction category), and poets Jill Jones and Ken Bolton (John Bray Poetry category).
Local playwrights, Lucy Combe and Peter Beaglehole are shortlisted for the Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award, worth $12,500.
South Australian writers Rachael Mead, Heather Taylor-Johnson, Roanna McClelland and Corrie Hosking are shortlisted for the Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award, which offers a prize of $10,000 and publication of the winning manuscript by Wakefield Press.
Geoff Strempel, Director State Library of South Australia said,
“Having received over 800 entries this year, I congratulate all the shortlisted authors and their publishers, on their amazing entries in this competitive field. While we all have a story to tell it takes great skill and commitment to turn our stories into such engaging works. At the State Library we love to support the sharing of Australian stories, the stories that make us who we are. In managing these awards, we help promote the importance and power of the written word in our community.”
Winners, including for the Premier’s Award, will be announced in a special ceremony at Adelaide Writers’ Week on Saturday 5 March 2022 as part of the Adelaide Festival.
The 2022 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature shortlist is:
Notes towards the dreambook of endings by Peter Boyle (NSW) (Vagabond Press)
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