2016 in Australian literature

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In poetry

This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 2016.

Major publications[edit]

Literary fiction[edit]

Children's and Young Adult fiction[edit]


Science Fiction and Fantasy[edit]




Awards and honours[edit]

Note: these awards were presented in the year in question.

Lifetime achievement[edit]

Award Author
Patrick White Award Carmel Bird



Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award Katherine Brabon The Memory Artist Allen & Unwin
Miles Franklin Award A. S. Patrić Black Rock White City Transit Lounge
Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction Lisa Gorton (joint winner) The Life of Houses Giramondo
Charlotte Wood (joint winner) The Natural Way of Things Allen & Unwin
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Merlinda Bobi Locust Girl: A Lovesong Spinifex Press
Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Georgia Blain Between a Wolf and a Dog Scribe
Stella Prize Charlotte Wood The Natural Way of Things Allen & Unwin
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Fiction Mireille Juchau The World Without Us Bloomsbury Publishing

Children and Young Adult[edit]


Award Category Author Title Publisher
Children's Book of the Year Award Older Readers Fiona Wood Cloudwish Macmillan Australia
Younger Readers Morris Gleitzman Soon Viking Books
Picture Book Nadia Wheatley, text Armin Greder Flight Windy Hollow Books
Early Childhood Anna Walker Mr Huff Penguin Random House
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Children's Rebecca Young & Matt Ottley Teacup Scholastic Australia
Young People's Alice Pung Laurinda Black Inc.
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Young Adult Fiction Marlee Jane Ward Welcome to Orphancorp Xou Pty Ltd

Crime and Mystery[edit]


Award Author Title Publisher
CWA Gold Dagger Award Bill Beverly Dodgers Broadway Books


Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award Novel Emma Viskic Resurrection Bay Echo Publishing
Ned Kelly Award Novel Dave Warner Before It Breaks Fremantle Press
First novel Emma Viskic Resurrection Bay Echo Publishing

Science Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award Sf Novel Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Gemima: The Illuminae Files 2 Allen & Unwin
Sf Short Story Samantha Murray "Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart" Clarkesworld 122
Fantasy Novel Jay Kristoff Nevernight Harper Voyager
Fantasy Short Story Thoraiya Dyer "Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest" In Your Face (FableCroft Publishing)
Horror Novel Kaaron Warren The Grief Hole IFWG Publishing Australia
Horror Short Story TR Napper "Flame Trees" Asimov’s Science Fiction
Young Adult Novel Alison Goodman Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact HarperCollins Publishers
Young Adult Short Story Leife Shallcross "Pretty Jennie Greenteeth" Strange Little Girls (Belladonna Publishing)
Ditmar Award Novel Lisa L. Hannett Lament for the Afterlife ChiZine Publications
Best Novella or Novelette Sean Williams "Of Sorrow and Such" Of Sorrow and Such (Tor.com)
Best Short Story Kathleen Jennings "A Hedge of Yellow Roses" Hear Me Roar (Ticonderoga Publications)


Award Category Author Title Publisher
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Non-Fiction Magda Szubanski Reckoning: A Memoir Text Publishing
New South Wales Premier's History Awards Australian History Stuart Macintyre Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s NewSouth Books
Community and Regional History Tanya Evans Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales University of New South Wales Press
General History Ann McGrath Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia Nebraska University Press
Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Fiona Wright Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger Giramondo
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Non-fiction Gerald Murnane Something for the Pain Text Publishing


Award Author Title Publisher
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Joanne Burns brush Giramondo
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Alan Loney Crankhandle Cordite Books


Award Category Author Title Publisher
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Script Cate Shortland Deadline Gallipoli, Episode 4: "The Letter" Matchbox Pictures & Full Clip Productions
Patrick White Playwrights' Award Award Lewis Treston Hot Tub Sydney Theatre Company
Fellowship Andrew Bovell


  • 19 February 2016 – Kim Gamble, illustrator of children's books (born 1952)
  • 3 April 2016 – Bob Ellis, writer, journalist, filmmaker, and political commentator (born 10 May 1942)
  • 20 April 2016 – Dame Leonie Judith Kramer, author, editor and academic (born 1 October 1924)
  • 16 May – Gillian Mears, short story writer and novelist (born 21 July 1964)
  • 5 July 2016 – Cory Taylor, writer (born 1955)
  • 15 July 2016 – Billy Marshall Stoneking, poet, playwright, filmmaker, and teacher (born 31 August 1947)
  • 4 September 2016 – Richard Neville, writer and social commentator (born 16 December 1941)
  • 8 September 2016 – Inga Clendinnen, author and historian (born 17 August 1934)
  • 5 October 2016 – Narelle Oliver, ward-winning children's author-illustrator, artist and print maker (born 25 February 1960)
  • 9 December 2016 – Georgia Blain, novelist, journalist and biographer (born 12 December 1964)
  • 12 December 2016 – Anne Deveson, writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and social commentator (born 19 June 1930)

See also[edit]


Note: all references relating to awards can, or should be, found on the relevant award's page.