Patrick White Award

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The Patrick White Award is an annual literary prize established by Patrick White. White used his 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature award to establish a trust for this prize.

The $25,000 cash award is given to a writer who has been highly creative over a long period but has not necessarily received adequate recognition. White stipulated that the award be announced the Friday after the Melbourne Cup to turn attention from sport to literature.[1] The 2010 award was reduced to $18,000 because of the economic slump,[2] in 2012 it was $23,000.[3] Writers are automatically eligible without the necessity for submissions.

Previous winners[edit]


  1. ^ Carter, David. "Patrick White to the rescue", ABR, no. 347, December 2012-January 2013
  2. ^ a b "Literary postman delivers again, winning mentor's bequest ", Nov 13, 2010
  3. ^ a b Susan Wyndham (November 16, 2012). "Religion shapes winner's prose". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Patrick White Literary Award winner Brian Castro recalls his encounter with the grumpy neighbour, The Age, November 7, 2014
  5. ^ "Louis Nowra wins $23,000 Patrick White Literary Award", Sydney Morning Herald, November 9, 2013
  6. ^ Former inmate wins $18,000 poetry prize, The Canberra Times, 5 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Farmer wins literary award". 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  8. ^ "The Age", 8 November 2008, p13
  9. ^ Sorensen, Rosemary (2007-11-10). "White award soothes poet's anger". The Australian. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  10. ^ "In the right place at the White time, for $25,000". Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  11. ^ "Writers' solitary life interrupted by award". Retrieved 2012-04-04.