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:: A Year Of Australian Writing : A Handy List Of Australian Literary Awards

December 11, 2014

In case you didn’t know, I’ve set myself A Year Of Australian Writing challenge for 2015.

Honestly, I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble reading Australian for a year, but a few people have mentioned that it will be hard, that a year’s a long time, that there are so many great non-Australian books we’ll miss out on. Hm. Okay. Some of that is true.

The part of about non-Australian books is spot on. The part about a year being a long time? Notsomuch. A year goes really quickly. I know this because I’ve done other year-long challenges and they fly by in no time. Well. In a year’s time.

My point is that after an initial adjustment period you settle in and hit your straps. The challenge itself seems to create momentum, because once you’re in, you’re in, doggedly determined to show everyone you can TOTALLY do it. (Well, that’s how it is for me anyway.) Possibly around August/September you might find yourself flagging a bit, but even the feeling of flagging is enough to rally you and you’re back on track in a trice.


We’ve got a group going on Good Reads, but if the thought of interacting on yet another social network makes you queasy, you can hang out here with me and the other readers instead. I’ll try to post regularly about our quest and you can pop in any time and chat books in the comments on any post. No need to ask.

Just in case you need further persuading, here’s a great list of place you can get started on your #ayearofaustralianreading quest. A handy (but not exhaustive) list of awards (mostly for Australian authors) to spark further investigations.

Of course there are heaps of non-award winning books you could delve into too. Go here to see some of those!

 The Australian Vogel’s Literary Award
Australian Literary Society Gold Medal
The Stella Prize
The PM’s Literary Awards
NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
ACT Book of the Year
Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (with 2014 winners detailed here)
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
West Australian Premier’s Book Awards
Queensland Literary Awards
Miles Franklin Award
Inky Awards
The Barbara Jefferis Award
The Kibble Literary Awards
The Scribe Non-Fiction Prize for Young Writers
Australian Book Industry Awards
The Indie Book Awards
Children’s Book Council Awards

Are you joining in?

Do you want to have a crack at A Year Of Australian Writing?!

x Pip

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  • Reply Al hill December 12, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    i am so in! Kicking off with a friend and fellow blogger’s self published book written in and about Sydney…and then one by an old school mate who is a neighbour to you Pip, Jane Rawson’s ‘a wrong turn at the office of unmade lists ‘! Check it out!

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes December 23, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      A neighbour to me? I shall LOOK HER UP! Thanks for the tip! ALSO Merry, Merry to you, Al! Hope you are well! Smooches! xxx

  • Reply Lucy December 12, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    HI Pip

    I love your concept for A Year of Australian Writing. I am going to join in, but I won’t be exclusive! I need to read as extensively as possible for my own writing, but I’ll read at least one Australian book each month too. I’ve just finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North (featured as part of my 30 days of books for Christmas series – http://stonefruitseason.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/30-days-of-books-for-christmas-narrow.html ) and found it a tough read, but a must read. Horrific subject matter, it was at times quite distressing. It is an amazing read and well deserved of its many accolades.

    I’m looking forward to a great mix of Australian fiction and non-fiction next year . I’m on Goodreads so will track down the group and join in. Look forward to hearing more about your 2015 reads!



    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes December 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Ah interesting. I have The Narrow Road To The Deep North on my pile. I am determined to try and get through it in 2015. Thanks for joining in (however non-exclusively!) I need all the gang I can get!! Chat soon. Have a merry Christmas! x

  • Reply Benette December 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Hi Pip,
    are you only reading Australian literary Writing? Other great writing awards are the Davit Awards and the New Kellys for Australian crime, the Ruby for aussie romance and the Aurelius Awards for Sci Fi, fantasy and horror. So much fantastic aussie writing. You will fill up a year easily.

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes December 12, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      I’m reading ALL KINDS of Australian writing, but this is sort of a helpful starter list for people who aren’t sure just where to start, so thanks for your extra (super-helpful) suggestions! Ace! (And I totally agree… the year will be FULL in the very best way!) x

  • Reply Dani @ sand has no home December 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Ooh, interesting. I love Australian Books, I don’t think it would be a challenge at all to read only Australian for a year. I have recently read the new Helen Garner (haunting, as I live so close by), and I am reading the new Favel Parrett, have read Past the Shallows, and The Narrow Road to the Deep North. All so stunning. I read Boy, Lost and Cairo, and I have in my to read pile Foal’s Bread, The Girl Who Lived, After Romulus and a reread of Monkeygrip after 20 years.
    I would recommend a Bereft by Chris Womersley, anything by Richard Flanagan, most of Peter Carey’s books and all of Helen Garner to readers. (Not that I am qualified by anything other than love of Australian lit).

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes December 11, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Oh yes! I’ve read Past The Shallows this year and have Richard and Chris in my pile. I’m reading the last of the Helen Garner’s (I’ve read all but Joe Cinque) and looking forward to reading/re-reading many on your list! So much that is good in Australian writing, right? Marion Halligan is another fave of mine, but The Strays by Emily Bitto was my fave this year! x

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