The annual Melbourne Prize runs on a three-year awards cycle, alternating between books, music and urban sculpture. 2012 sees the focus return once again to Literature and entries are now open in the two prestigious categories.
The Melbourne Prize of Literature this year will award $60 000 to a Victorian writer for an 'outstanding contribution to Australian literature' for a body of work across all genres. Previous winners include Helen Garner and Gerald Murnane (who accepted in 2009 by naming all the places he'd live in Melbourne in a winning and memorable speech).
The Best Writing Award of $30 000 will be presented to a Victorian writer for an outstanding work across all genres. There's no age limit this year and the winner will also receive a Qantas international air travel voucher valued at $2500. Past winners in this category include Nam Le and Christos Tsiolkas.
The Prize will also provide one winner with a residency to the School of Culture & Communication at The University of Melbourne at the judges' discretion.
The finalists will be announced on September 5, and all will go into the running to win the $5000 Civic Choice Award, as voted by the public, of which Readings is thrilled to be a sponsor, along with Hardie Grant Books. Judges this year are Brian Matthews, Hannie Rayson, Christos Tsiolkas, Michael Williams and our very own Mark Rubbo.
The winners will be announced on November 7.
For entry details and forms, please visit the website.