Aurealis Awards Finalists

In February, the list of finalists for the Aurealis Awards was announced. The Aurealis Awards are, as the website says, Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards, and are judged by a series of panels for different categories. You can see the full list of finalists in a PDF at this link, and I’ve reproduced some of them below. Mainly I’ve skipped the short story categories, since many of the shortlisted stories appear in the anthologies and collections also shortlisted, and also because people don’t tend to review isolated short stories anyway. I’ve highlighted the women shortlisted in purple (this is the AWW blog, after all) and the reviewer names listed afterwards point to reviews submitted to us of the relevant book.

Aurealis Awards Finalists

TheCloudRoadCarmodyKingdom of the Lost, book 2: Cloud Road by Isobelle Carmody (Penguin Group Australia)Shaheen, Nalini Haynes
Refuge by Jackie French (Harper Collins)
Song for a scarlet runner by Julie Hunt (Allen & Unwin)
The four seasons of Lucy McKenzie by Kirsty Murray (Allen & Unwin)
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)
Ice Breaker: The Hidden 1 by Lian Tanner (Allen & Unwin)

Unfortunately, we don’t have that many reviews for children’s books. Perhaps someone would like to take on the challenge of reviewing them?

The Big Dry by Tony Davies (Harper Collins)
Hunting by Andrea Höst (self-published)Tsana, Dave Versace
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)Shaheen, Tsana
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House Australia)Elimy, Tsana, Shaheen
The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press) Bree, Shannon (Giraffe Days)

Great to see YA so well-represented!

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The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby (Angry Robot Books)
The First Bird by Greig Beck (Momentum)
Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart (FableCroft Publishing)
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House Australia) — Elimy, Tsana, Shaheen

Lexicon by Max Barry (Hachette Australia)
A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan (self-published)
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin) Shaheen, Tsana
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix (Jill Grinberg Literary Management)
Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts (FableCroft Publishing)Tsana

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Lexicon by Max Barry (Hachette)
Trucksong by Andrew Macrae (Twelfth Planet Press)
A Wrong Turn At The Office Of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson (Transit Lounge)Marisa Wikramanayake
True Path by Graham Storrs (Momentum)
Rupetta by Nike Sulway (Tartarus Press)Jane Rawson

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I should also mention that Rupetta won this year’s Tiptree Award! The first time an Australian has done so. The Tiptree is awarded for “science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender” (their website).

BEST ANTHOLOGY (highlighting by editor for this one)
The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012 by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Eds), (Ticonderoga Publications)
One Small Step, An Anthology Of Discoveries by Tehani Wessely (Ed) (FableCroft Publishing)Tsana, Dave Versace
Dreaming Of Djinn by Liz Grzyb (Ed) (Ticonderoga Publications)Nalini Haynes
The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Of The Year: Volume Seven by Jonathan Strahan (Ed) (Night Shade Books)
Focus 2012: Highlights Of Australian Short Fiction by Tehani Wessely (Ed) (FableCroft Publishing)

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Not terribly surprising that the year’s bests didn’t get reviewed (including Focus which contains only 2012 award winning stories and is similar to a year’s best), since they’re somewhat different beasts to the other two anthologies listed.

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton (FableCroft Publishing)Tsana
Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer (Twelfth Planet Press)Alexandra, Tsana, Dave Versace, Mark Webb
Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott (Twelfth Planet Press)Stephanie Gunn, Narrelle M Harris, Mark Web
The Bride Price by Cat Sparks (Ticonderoga Publications)Sean the Bookonaut
The Year of Ancient Ghosts by Kim Wilkins (Ticonderoga Publications) — Jason Nahrung, Sean the Bookonaut

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Exciting to see an all-female category that has been entirely covered by AWW participants!


So that’s the Aurealis finalists. I’m really pleased to notice that apart from the Children’s Book category and the three year’s bests, all the shortlistees were covered by AWW participants. Well done, everyone!

Hopefully for those of you wondering what speculative fiction to pick up next, this list may have given you some inspiration.


About Me

I’m Tsana Dolichva and I’ve been reading and enjoying Australian speculative fiction since I first started reading “grown up” books (back before YA was its own genre). More recently, I’ve been blogging my reviews over at the creatively titled Tsana’s Reads. I irregularly blog about science in science fiction over at the Science Fiction Writers’ Guide to Space. When not reading or writing, I’m probably working towards my PhD in astrophysics.

Special offer from Clan Destine Press – Australia’s genre publishing specialists

CDP PosterClan Destine Press is getting on board Australia’s biggest reading and reviewing challenge again.

To celebrate the third year of the Australian Women Writers Challenge, Australian genre publisher Clan Destine Press (CDP) is offering special discounts on all CDP paperbacks and eBooks to those taking the AWW challenge.

Last year the offer applied only to CDP’s women writers, but this year the offer extends to all authors.

CDP has over 40 titles across all genres: crime fiction, historical, fantasy, rural romance, action-thrillers, kids’ adventure fantasy, true crime and erotica.

For the AWW Challenge, readers can choose books by: Kerry Greenwood, A K Wrox, Lindy Cameron, Alison Goodman, Narrelle Harris, Rowena Cory Daniells, Sandy Curtis, Vikki Petraitis, FinJ Ross, Ruth Wykes, Jane Routley, Patricia Bernard, Helen Goltz, Tamsin Baker, Heather Garside, Cheryse Durrant, Jane Clifton, Emilie Collyer, Liz Filleul and soon Sarah Evans Sandi Wallace, Fin J Ross and Mary Borsellino.

So, if you’d like to make the most of CDP’s 35-50% off all titles – including latest releases – just follow this link to sign up for their Clan Destine GOLD newsletter which has all the info and the special offer codes:

If you take CDP up on the offer, please let us know.Clan Destine Press

Women dominate the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

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Congratulations to all the women who have featured in this year’s Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.

Children’s Literature $15,000

Catherine Jinks for A Very Unusual Pursuit (Allen & Unwin)

John Bray Poetry $15,000

Lisa Jacobson for The Sunlit Zone (5 Islands Press)

Non-Fiction $15,000

Kate Richards for Madness: a Memoir (Viking/Penguin)

Young Adult Fiction $15,000

Vikki Wakefield for Friday Brown (Text publishing)

Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript $10,000

Cassie Flanagan-Willanski for Here Where We Live (short story collection)

Barbara Hanrahan fellowship $15,000 

Jennifer Mills for Common Monsters

Tangkanungku Pintyanthi Fellowship $15,000 

Ali Cobby Eckermann for Hopes Crossing

Frank Moorhouse took out both the Fiction Award and the Premier’s Award for Cold Light (Vintage Books). Phillip Kavanagh won the Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award for Replay (un-produced). The full list of winners can be found here.


Have you read or reviewed any of these books? (It seems Catherine Jinks’ book may not have been reviewed as yet for the challenge.) You can find links to reviews of some of the other books on our AWW Review Listings pages.

Big Increase in Reviews for Australian Women Writers!

In 2013 Australian women writers received a large increase in online reviews. The number of reviews entered in the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge increased by nearly twenty percent compared to 2012.

In its second year the Challenge demonstrates that the groundswell of enthusiasm for books written by Australian women is increasing. This is a trend that traditional literary publications need to adjust to. Readers expect to see as many reviews of books by women as they do of men. All genders are equally capable of quality writing. All genders write about a wide variety of interesting topics.

In 2013 over 1,800 reviews were written about books written by Australian women writers. Nearly forty percent of the books reviewed were published in 2013. The most popular books were:

Title Author Publisher No. Reviews
1 Burial Rites Hannah Kent Picador 21
2 Fractured Dawn Barker Hachette 14
3 Dark Horse Honey Brown Penguin 12
4 The Railwayman’s Wife Ashley Hay Allen & Unwin 11
4 The Girl in the Hard Hat Loretta Hill Random House 11
5 Web of Deceit Katherine Howell Pan Macmillan 10
5 The Wild Girl Kate Forsyth Random House 10
5 The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Pan Macmillan 10
5 Half Moon Bay Helene Young Penguin 10

Most reviewed books for the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge in 2013.


Over seven hundred authors had their work reviewed by Challenge participants.

Yes, there are over seven hundred Australian women authors. The number would be even greater as we recognise that despite the volume of books that were reviewed, there were still some authors who published in 2013 but missed out on reviews in the Challenge.

The most popular authors were:

Author Name No. Reviews
1 KENT, Hannah 21
Most Popular Authors, Australian Women Writers’ Challenge, 2013.
2 JOHNS, Rachael 18
3 HILL, Loretta 17
3 BROWN, Honey 17
4 OVERINGTON, Caroline 16
5 HOWELL, Katherine 15

A feature of the Challenge is the fact that anyone can participate. There are no educational or work experience requirements. Reviewers don’t have to live in Australia. No-one ‘vets’ the reviews before they are linked. This may be a reviewer’s first experience of writing for the public.

The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge is a grass-roots positive action by people from all walks of life. The one thing in common is all reviewers believe that the books they read which are written by Australian women are worthy of a review. The time and effort the reviewers put into writing the reviews is an unspoken comment on their views about the writing of women authors.

Over two hundred reviewers wrote at least one review for the Challenge in 2013. Some of the Challenge reviewers were prolific:

Reviewer No. Reviews
1 Brenda 121
Top 10 Challenge Reviewers 2013
2 Bree 110
3 Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out 100
4 Lauren @ The Australian Bookshelf 72
5 Tsana 42
6 Sally From Oz 40
7 writereaderly 37
8 Shannon (Giraffe Days) 34
8 Jess @ The Never Ending Bookshelf 34
8 Mel @ Adventures of a Subversive Reader 34
8 Helen 34

There is still considerable work to be done to change the attitudes of major, traditional book reviewing publications. Both the international and Australian statistics for 2012 still showed too many of these publications prioritise reviewing the writing of men over the writing of women.

Our statistics reveal that only seventeen men wrote a review for the Challenge in 2013. Women’s writing is for everyone just as men’s writing is for everyone. The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge is keen for more men to participate.

Renewed impetus for the campaign to change attitudes has emerged from the United Kingdom since the New Year. Writer and illustrator, Joanna Walsh, has started a Twitter hashtag, #readwomen2014. It has quickly become a vibrant conversation with many people committing to reading more books written by women. American literary magazine, The Critical Flame, has committed to a whole year of reviewing the work of women writers and writers of colour.

The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge is part of the growing world-wide movement to raise awareness of excellent writing by women. It helps readers to challenge the subconscious stereotypes that govern our choice of books to read. We are excited to be entering our third year and hope that we can help you do something about this issue.

Participation in the Challenge is better than whingeing. It is better than waiting for old, traditional publications to move into the twenty-first century. The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge gives everyone the opportunity to take positive action to change our world.

Commit yourself. Sign up today and write your first review!

At a Glance: The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge in 2013 2013 2012
Number of Reviews 1822 1526
Books Reviewed 1079 876
Authors Reviewed 763 596

AWW 2014 Challenge News – open for subscription

The Australian Women Writers Challenge now has its own online newspaper. The aim is to spread news of books by Australian women, including reviews posted for the challenge, as well as recent releases, competitions, interviews and other articles of interest.

The paper is generated automatically by the @auswomenwriters account on Twitter, and draws from tweets which use the hashtag #aww2014. (If you’re on Twitter and are reviewing for the challenge, don’t forget to use this hashtag – your link might find its way into the paper.)

This means people who aren’t on Twitter won’t miss out. All you have to do is subscribe to the paper and you’ll receive a short daily summary via email.

aww news

To see the newspaper, go to this link. To subscribe, click on the “subscribe” button in the top right corner. You can also share the paper on other social media (e.g. Facebook and Google+, as well as Twitter) by clicking on the “share” button. It all helps to spread the word.

And remember, you can find links at any time to reviews written for the AWW challenge, past and present, by exploring our Review Listing Page.


Note: The AWW team is looking for volunteers to help keep the Review Listing Page up-to-date. If you would like to find out more about what’s involved, please leave a comment below.

Join the 2014 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!


Aussie book bloggers ( & authors, booksellers & publishers)  are invited to sign up to participate in the 2014 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

What is it?

Blog hops are a great way to promote your blog and connect with new and old bloggers and readers. Last year this hop proved successful for all involved so lets make it bigger and better this year and share our Aussie pride with the world.
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To celebrate Australia Day, this blog hop accepts host sign ups from  Australian residents only.

For more details or to sign up, please visit


2014 AWW challenge officially open – happy year of reading

Happy new year, everyone, including veterans of AWW2012 and AWW2013, as well as new challenge participants.

AWW Badge 2014

AWW Badge 2014

The AWW2014 challenge is officially open.

That means, you can now sign up, and start linking reviews. The challenge will run till Dec 31 and you can sign up at any time during the year. (If you’re new to AWW, you can find out more about how to participate here.)

If you’re not sure whether you can commit to reading or reviewing, you can still participate by reading and commenting on other people’s reviews and sharing the links via social media. It will all help to get the word out there about the huge variety of quality books by Australian women in all genres (and help overcome gender bias).

If you wrote reviews for the 2013 challenge and forgot to add the links to the AWW blog, you can still do so  here (for a while). All reviews end up on our AWW Review Listings page. With the challenge now entering its third year, this may become a valuable resource of links to reviews of books that otherwise might be forgotten or overlooked.

Congratulations to all those who completed the challenge in 2013, especially to those who kept track of their 2013 reading and reviewing and/or wrote a wrap-up post. The latter include:

Participants who completed the 2013 challenge but who didn’t enter wrap up links include Jason Nehrung, Eva Lomski, Leonie Rogers, Marilyn Brady.

If your name doesn’t appear above and you finished the 2013 challenge, please enter your name on the Challenge Completed form. We also welcome feedback in the comments here. I hope many of you will join again in 2014 and, remember, you can sign up to read only, as well as to read and review, and you can pick your own number of books.

Thanks to everyone who participating this year, particularly those who shared links to AWW blog posts and participants throughout the year. A very special thank you to the AWW team. Without you, this blog wouldn’t be possible.

Happy reading throughout 2014.

Most Underrated Book? Not by AWW

The 2013 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) was recently announced by The Small Press Network. (SPN).

The award highlights books released by small and independent Australian publishers which for have slipped under the mainstream’s radar. The judges of this year’s prize included book reviewer/writer (and veteran AWW participant), Stephanie Campisi; bookseller/poet, Ben Walter; and writer Estelle Tang.

The four books on the shortlist – all published in 2012 – are:

According to the SPN site, all “show excellence in their genre and demonstrate quality of writing, editorial integrity, and production. They have been overlooked for other prizes and have not generated the sales they deserve for any number of reasons other than the great quality of the products”.

While these books may have slipped by unnoticed by mainstream media, they haven’t gone unnoticed by AWW participants. Of the four novels, only Staunch has yet to be reviewed for the challenge.


  • Fish-Hair Woman, which was also a finalist in the 2013 Davitt Awards, Best crime and mystery books by Australian women, has been reviewed by Whispering Gums, who calls it “part war story, murder mystery, political thriller, romance, and historical epic”. Other reviewers of the novel are Writereaderly and Me, You and Books. Dr Bobis, who is interviewed here, recently featured as part of the AWW spotlight on Australian women writers of diverse heritage here.



  • The Hum of Concrete by Anna Solding was shortlisted for the 2010 Adelaide Festival Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript. It was reviewed for the AWW challenge by This Charming Mum who calls it a “novel constellation” – “a series of smaller stories, strung together in the micro-cosmos of Malmö, Sweden… though in many ways it could be set anywhere, dealing as it does with the big themes of human experience: love, birth and death.”


  • Staunch by Ginger Briggs, the true story of a boy raised as a ward of the state and his friendship with his carer, is the only book on the MUBA short list which hasn’t been reviewed for the challenge. It was a Pick of the Week in the Age which said of it: “Staunch is real-life grunge, and it leaves the literary stuff for dead. There’s no glamour, no cool, just the piercing sadness of social truth.”

So, who’s going to be the first to read and review Staunch for the AWW challenge – or add to our growing number of reviews of these other under-recognised books?

The winner of the Most Underrated Book Award will be announced at a presentation at the Wheeler Centre on 15 November.



This post is the result of a combined effort by Elizabeth Lhuede and freelance book reviewer, journalist, writer and editor Paula Grunseit. Paula blogs over at Wordsville and can be found on Twitter @PaulaGrunseit

September 2013: Contemporary Fiction on the Bookshelf



Did you know that the Australian Women Writers Challenge has a bookshelf at Currently it lists 1385 books and is great resource for challenge participants to find books to suit your genre preferences. You don’t need to be a member of the site to view or browse the bookshelf.

My fellow co-contributors and I make an effort to add new titles when we come across them, but if you are a member of the AWW Challenge group on Goodreads, or join, you can help too. There are two options for you,

1. You can post a message in the forum thread -Building Our Group Bookshelf- with the details of the book/s (title/author/publisher/isbn) and a moderator will take care of it

2. You can add the book yourself

  • Click on the bookshelf link on the right hand side of the group page
  • Use the search box to search Goodreads for the book by author, title or isbn.
  • Click Add and please select the Australian women writers shelf and the shelf (or shelves) that best reflects the genre of the book. (if the book has already been added it will be greyed out)

If you can’t find any record of a book you are reading for the challenge on Goodreads (makes sure you do a search via ISBN as well as title) please post the details  (title/author/publisher/isbn) in the forum thread -Building Our Group Bookshelf and the book will be added. GR librarian privileges are needed to add new books to the database.

We want this bookshelf to be a valuable resource and would appreciate your help in making it so.

Here are some of the latest contemporary novels added to the bookshelf and reviewed by challenge participants


The Best Man by Dianne Blacklock (PanMacmillan)

Everything seems to be going perfectly in Madeleine’s life – she’s a successful publicist in a book publishing house, and through work has met the love of her life, children’s author Henry Darrow, who she’s convinced is the loveliest man on earth. Things haven’t always been so perfect for Madeleine, though. When her father died suddenly, it hit her hard; at the same time she struggled with the demands of her lifestyle and felt as though her life was spinning out of control. Until she met Henry. Now they are set to marry and live happily ever after when their best man arrives in town – handsome, charming and ever attentive, Aiden is a welcome visitor. But his presence soon causes ripples in the happy couple’s world, as he brings secrets with him – and starts to unravel some of Madeleine’s. As the big day draws closer, Madeleine starts to question her commitment to Henry: Is he really the one she wants to spend the rest of her life with?”

Peta Jo writes “This is no paint-by-numbers storyline,”  and Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out thought it to be , “light and entertaining, spiked with humour and wit but it is not without depth.”



The Meaning of Grace by Deborah Forster (Vintage)

‘Mum is the reference point. If you ever get confused about anything, there she is, waiting with all her knowledge of you.”
Grace Fisher, mother of three, one day decides her husband is a sore disappointment and moves the family from Melbourne to a coastal village in Victoria. But Ian’s slow dissolution on the couch masked a depression that will harrow him into an early grave, leaving the kids with a lifetime of questioning: what happened to their father; how did he get so sad?  Between their father’s demise and Grace’s hardscrabble existence working at a local bakery, each child is left to find meaning on their own. Edie, the eldest child, locks herself into a romantic ideal so lofty that it can’t help but fail. The middle child, Juliet, struts and careens through life, filling it only with what she can seduce, steal and manipulate. Sibling rivalry between sisters proves the slowest and fiercest of burns. Love comes easily for Ted, the youngest, but when his wife abandons him to raise two daughters on his own, the perils of fatherhood are laid bare. When Grace, the distant, imperfect hub of the family, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, the siblings are forced to confront each other as adults, and come to understand their mother.

Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best writes, “Foster’s writing style came as a surprise. I was expecting something more ‘mainstream’. Why, I’m not sure – perhaps the book jacket suggests ‘mum-lit’ rather than contemporary literature. There are many passages that are simply beautiful…”



Underground Road by Sharon Kernot (Wakefield Press)

Damien, Edith, Kenneth and Mary are residents of a single street whose lives are ordinary to the last degree and as such encompass addiction and domestic violence, quiet achievements and small acts of kindness and treachery. Jack and Mary, locked at uncomfortably close quarters on Jack’s retirement, chafe and sulk and fret. Edith finds solace in her lonely life playing the pokies. Young Damien, terrified of his stepfather Marcus and the school bully, broods on revenge. And Kenneth, unhinged, wanders the streets. Lives intertwine and decisions are made. And the tension grows to its shattering climax”

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out writes, ” Their stories unfold slowly, revealing the unsettling truth of these character’s lives behind closed doors. As realistic representatives of the social challenges in Australia today, Kernot’s characters draw attention to issues such as gambling addiction, domestic violence, bullying and mental health care. Underground Road is a moving, poignant and honest novel to challenge your social conscience.”



Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson (Hachette)

It’s the summer of 1971, not far from the stone-fruit capital of New South Wales, where Mr Wigg lives on what is left of his family farm. Mrs Wigg has been gone a few years now and he thinks about her every day. He misses his daughter, too, and wonders when he’ll see her again. He spends his time working in the orchard, cooking and preserving his produce and, when it’s on, watching the cricket. It’s a full life. Things are changing though, with Australia and England playing a one-day match, and his new neighbours planting grapes for wine. His son is on at him to move into town but Mr Wigg has his fruit trees and his chooks to look after. His grandchildren visit often: to cook, eat and hear his stories. And there’s a special project he has to finish … It’s a lot of work for an old man with shaking hands, but he’ll give it a go, as he always has.”

Lisa Walker writes, “Simpson tells us the story of an ordinary man in an extraordinary way…each moment is beautifully rendered….Quietly contemplative, Mr Wigg is about simplicity; taking joy in the moment and each day as it comes.” and recommends readers, “Turn off the computer and read slowly with a peach to hand.” and Poppy Gee agrees, “Inga Simpson draws her story with a steady hand, from the rainbow colours of the fruits, to the differing personalities of the orchard’s trees, to Mr Wigg’s daily rituals. Each word has been carefully considered, descriptions never repeat themselves, and the prose is deliciously lyrical.”


To find your next challenge read, why don’t you try browsing our Goodreads Bookshelf?



About Me

My name is Shelleyrae Cusbert I am a mother of four children, aged 6 to 16, living in the mid north coast of NSW. I am an obsessive reader and publish my thoughts about what I read at my book blog,  Book’d Out.  In 2012 I read and reviewed a total of 109 books for the AWW Challenge (see obsessive!) and featured more than 35 Australian women writers. I juggle caring for my family with a part time job and volunteer at both the town’s local library and her children’s school library. While I have a degree in Education, I hope to gain a diploma in librarian studies in the near future.

Queensland Literary Award Winners 2013 Announced

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards which were announced last night. Congratulations also to all shortlisted authors.

Here are the category winners:

Fiction book award

Mullumbimby (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)


Nonfiction book award

Boy, Lost (Kristina Olsson, UQP)


History book award

The Flash of Recognition (Jane Lydon, NewSouth)


Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a poetry collection

Jam Tree Gully (John Kinsella, W W Norton)


Steele Rudd Award for an Australian short story collection

Like a House on Fire (Cate Kennedy, Scribe)


Young adult book award

A Corner of White (Jaclyn Moriarty, Macmillan)


Children’s book award

Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen! (Narelle Oliver, Scholastic)







Emerging Queensland author manuscript award

Gap (Rebecca Jessen)

David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer

Heat and Light (Ellen Van Neervan)

Courier-Mail Queensland Book of the Year People’s Choice Award

The Secret Keeper (Kate Morton (A&U)


You can read more about the shortlisted titles here and judges’ comments are here.

AWW reviews of shortlisted/winning titles can be found here and as always, if there are gaps, please help us fill them by sending in your reviews!

Happy reading,

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