Daily Archives: 10 March 2023

2023 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Who knows who will be Premier at the awards ceremony in May, but the shortlist was announced on 1 March while Dom Perrottet is still in the offices. The list can be bit hard to read on the State Library site. Here it is in one quick look, with links to the judges comments.

Christina Stead Prize

UTS Glenda Adam’s Award for New Writing

Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction

Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature

Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature

Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting

Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting

Multicultural NSW Award

NSW Premier’s Translation Prize

Indigenous Writers’ Prize

The winners are announced on 22 May. With any luck there will be a break from recent practice and the Premier, whoever it is, will make the presentations.

I’m in no position to predict winners, having read or seen very few of the shortlisted titles, loved some, found one mediocre and one unreadable. All the same, I’d happily risk a large sum on The Australian Wars for the Betty Roland, and a moderate amount on Jaguar for the Kenneth Slessor. It will be interesting to see what happens if Anonymous wins the Translation Prize. Whatever, that’s an impressive list for anyone stuck for something to read.