Paul D. Carter wins the 2012 Vogel Literary Prize

carter-paul Congratulations to Paul D. Carter who was tonight announced the winner of the 2012 Australian/Vogel Literary Prize with his novel Eleven Seasons.

As is now tradition, the winning book has been published straight away to coincide with the announcement. You can now buy Eleven Seasons in paperback ($24.95) or as an ebook ($17.99).

Carter lives in Melbourne where he is an English and creative writing teacher at a high school. He wrote Eleven Seasons as part of his PhD at Deakin University.

The 2012 prize was judged by Margo Lanagan, Sophie Cunningham, and The Australian’s chief literary critic Geordie Williamson who said, ‘The novel grabbed me and didn’t let me go. A smashing book.’

The Vogel is one of the country’s most prestigious prizes, worth $20,000 and resulting in an instant profile for the unpublished writer and (nowadays) book sales. Last year’s winner The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson was well-received by critics and gobbled up by Readings customers.

Eleven Seasons is out now. You can read an extract here.