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Awards for P&W books

Our books have been shortlisted or won most of the major literary prizes in the country. Recently, Philip Salom's novel Waiting was shortlisted for the the 2017 Victorian Premier's prize for fiction. The Judges' report said "At times cerebral, at times hilarious, and at times devastating, Waiting is peopled with misfit characters who have often been maligned by society. Salom takes great risks with language, plot and pacing, and his poet’s flair for expression resonates through much of the novel. This book is philosophical, erudite and serious, but never takes itself too seriously – a fine and difficult balance to achieve." 

Awards

  • Philip Salom's novel Waiting was shortlisted for the the 2017 Victorian Premier's prize for fiction
  • Jill Jones' The Beautiful Anxiety won the 2015 Victorian Premier's prize for poetry
  • Andy Kissane's Radiance was shortlisted for the 2015 Victorian Premier's prize for poetry
  • Kim Cheng Boey's  collection Clear Brightness was shortlisted for the John Bray Poetry Award in the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
  • Julie Chevalier's Darger: His Girls and Bonny Cassidy's Certain Fathoms have both been shortlisted for the 2013 WA Premier's Prize for Poetry
  • Toby Fitch's Rawshock was awarded the Grace Leven Poetry Prize for 2012
  • Anthony Lawrence's The Welfare of My Enemy and Simon West's The Yellow Gum's Conversion were both shortlisted for the 2012 QLD Literary Awards
  • Winifred Weir's Walking on Ashes was awarded the Women Writers' Poetry Book Award in 2011
  • Ken Bolton's Sly Mongoose was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Poetry Prize
  • Martin Langford's The Human Project: New & Selected Poems was shortlisted for the 2010 John Bray Poetry Prize
  • M T C Cronin's Squeezing Desire Through a Sieve: Micro-Essays on Law and Poetry was shortlisted for the 2010 Adelaide Festival Award for Innovation
  • Carol Jenkins's Fishing in the Devonian was shortlisted for the 2008 C J Dennis Poetry Prize
  • Phyllis Perlstone's The Edge of Everything was shortlisted for the 2008 Kenneth Slessor Award and was awarded the Women Writers' Poetry Prize in 2008
  • Alex Jones' Helen Garner & The Meaning of Everything was longlisted for the Prime Minister's Award for Fiction in 2008
  • John Watson's Montale: An Autobiographical Anthology (2006) was shortlisted for the 2007 C J Dennis Poetry Prize and Adelaide Festival Award for Innovation
  • Peter Kirkpatrick's Westering (2006) was shortlisted for the 2006 Kenneth Slessor Award and awarded the William Baylebridge Prize in 2007
  • Simon West's First Names (2006), was shortlisted for the 2006 Kenneth Slessor Award and awarded the William Baylebridge Prize in 2007, as well as being commended in the Anne Elder Award
  • P&W's first title James Stinks (and so does Chuck) by Nick Riemer (2005) was placed third in the Mary Gilmore Award in 2006.

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