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Literary Prize Winners - 2013 Round-up

Literary awards can be great not just for the authors but also for readers looking for something new to read. The best thing about them? They’re often very divisive. You don’t have to like them, you don’t have to agree if they won, but guaranteed they’ll have you talking or thinking about them. They can be confrontational, challenging, thought-provoking. Stylistically, they’re often quite interesting and unconventional. And they’re all so different.

Here are some of the bigger literary prizes awarded this year, plus my local (Tasmanian) one (click on the book covers for their Goodreads’ pages). There are lots and lots of fiction prizes in the world but these are (mostly) the biggies in the English-speaking world:


The Stella Prize (Australia)

Mateship With Birds by Carrie Tiffany (Picador)

The Burial by Courtney Collins (Allen & Unwin)
Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin)
The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson (Five Islands Press)
Like a House on Fire Cate Kennedy (Scribe Publications)
Sea Hearts (or, The Brides of Rollrock Island) by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

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pulitzer prizes

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (USA)

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Random House)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown)

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governor general's literary awards

Governor General’s Literary Award (Canada) – English

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam
The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai

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Miles Franklin Award logo

Miles Franklin Literary Award (Australia)

Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser

Floundering by Romy Ash
The Beloved by Annah Faulkner
The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska
Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

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The Giller Prize (Canada)

Hellgoing: Stories by Lynn Coady (House of Anansi Press)

Going Home Again by Dennis Bock (Phyllis Bruce/HarperCollins)
Cataract City by Craig Davidson (Doubleday)
Caught by Lisa Moore (House of Anansi Press)
The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta (HarperCollins)

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baileys womens prize for fiction

The BAILEYS’ Women’s Prize for Fiction (UK) – previously the Orange Prize

May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
N-W by Zadie Smith
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

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Tasmanian literary prizes

Tasmanian Literary Prizes (Australia)

The Tasmania Book Prize Winner:
1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia by James Boyce (Black Ink)

Tasmania Book Prize People’s Choice Award Winner:
Last Days of the Mill by Pete Hay and Tony Thorne (Forty Degrees South)

The Margaret Scott Prize Winner:
The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin)

Margaret Scott Prize People’s Choice Award Winner:
Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and A Lost Tasmanian Wilderness by Natasha Cica (University of Queensland Press)

The University of Tasmania Prize Winner & People’s Choice Award Winner (unpublished):
Kubla by Katherine Johnson

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man booker prize 2013

The Man Booker Prize (UK)

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Harvest by Jim Crace
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

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nobel prize

The Nobel Prize for Literature (awarded for an author’s body of work)

Alice Munro (Canada)

“master of the contemporary short story”

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Have you read any of these? Have a favourite? Any winning book you thought shouldn’t have won? Added any of these to your TBR pile?

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