Margo Lanagan named joint winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award

seahearts 300pxThe Barbara Jefferis Award is offered for 'the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society'.

Barbara Jefferis was a feminist, a founding member of the Australian Society of Authors, its first woman President and, in the words of Thomas Keneally, 'a rare being amongst authors, being both a fine writer but also organisationally gifted. She was a professional and internationally published writer long before most of us dreamed of such things.'

The Award is paid from the Barbara Jefferis Literary Fund, which has been established as a result of a bequest from Barbara Jefferis’s husband, ABC film critic John Hinde, who died in 2006. In 2014 the Award is valued at $55,000, including a $50,000 prize for the winner.

Congratulations Margo! You can read her acceptance speech here.

Sea Hearts has previously garnered an impressive array of local and international awards and nominations, including:

  • Winner, West Australian Premier's Book Awards, Young Adult category, 2013
  • Winner, Aurealis Awards, Best Fantasy Novel, 2012
  • Joint winner/co-winner., Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2012
  • Winner, CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Older Readers, 2013
  • Winner, Indie Awards, Best Children's & YA Book, 2013
  • Winner, Norma K Hemming Award, 2013
  • Commended, APA Book Design Awards, Best Designed Young Adult Book, 2013
  • Short-listed, Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, Young Adult Fiction, 2014
  • Short-listed, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, 2013
  • Short-listed, Stella Prize, 2013
  • Short-listed, Ditmar Awards, Best Novel, 2013
  • Long-listed, UK CILIP Carnegie Medal, 2013
  • Long-listed, Inky Awards, Gold Inky, 2013
  • Long-listed, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2014
  • Short-listed, Queensland Literary Awards, 2012


Books by Margo Lanagan

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