2022 NSW Premier's Literary Awards shortlists

We are delighted to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards!

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction:
The Shut Ins by Katherine Brabon

Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction:
Leaping into Waterfalls by Bernadette Brennan

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature:
Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee

Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature:
Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker
Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

Multicultural NSW Award:
Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

Indigenous Writers’ Prize:
The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing:
New Animal by Ella Baxter

Additionally, two titles have been highly commended by the judging panel:

Love Objects by Emily Maguire for the Christina Stead Prize.

Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn for the Ethel Turner Prize.

The Shut Ins is also eligible for the People’s Choice Award and you can cast your vote for this prize here.

The winners will be announced on the 16th May. The rest of the shortlists and more information can be found here.

Dragon Skin

by Karen Foxlee

From the bestselling and multi-award-winning author of Lenny's Book of Everything comes a magical tale about a girl who saves a dragon and rescues her family.

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Leaping into Waterfalls

by Bernadette Brennan

Leaping into Waterfalls explores the rich, tumultuous life of Gillian Mears, one of Australia's most significant writers of the last forty years.

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Sugar Town Queens

by Malla Nunn

From the award-winning author of the CBCA shortlisted When the Ground Is Hard, comes a stunning portrait of a family divided and an uplifting story of how friendship saves and heals.

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The Shut Ins

by Katherine Brabon

From the winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award, this tour-de-force explores loneliness and desire, the peril and beauty of solitude - and our need for connection.

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Love Objects

by Emily Maguire

A stunning novel of great compassion and insight, from the author of the Stella Prize-shortlisted An Isolated Incident.

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Waking Romeo

by Kathryn Barker

What if Juliet Capulet met someone who made her doubt true love? What if Wuthering Heights was a message to a time traveller? A cosmic reimagining of Romeo and Juliet and homage to two literary classics in a compelling novel about fate, love and time travel from an award-winning author.

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New Animal

by Ella Baxter

A stunning, heartbreakingly funny debut novel from a brilliant new literary voice. Sex, death, grief, running away…only one of these makes Amelia feel like a new animal.

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Tiger Daughter

by Rebecca Lim

Wen Zhou is determined to create a future for herself that is more satisfying than the life her parents expect her to lead. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, the CBCA shortlisted Tiger Daughter is a wonderfully compelling and authentic Own Voices novel about growing up Asian in Australia.

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The Boy from the Mish

by Gary Lonesborough

A funny and heartwarming queer Indigenous YA novel, set in a rural Australian community, about seventeen-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.

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