The Age Book of the Year Awards

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The Age Book of the Year Awards were annual literary awards presented by Melbourne's The Age newspaper. The awards were first presented in 1974. After 1998, they were presented as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Initially, two awards were given, one for fiction (or imaginative writing), the other for non-fiction work, but in 1993, a poetry award in honour of Dinny O'Hearn was added.[1] The criteria were that the works be "of outstanding literary merit and express Australian identity or character",[1] and be published in the year before the award was made. One of the award-winners was chosen as The Age Book of the Year. The awards were discontinued in 2013. In 2021 The Age Book of the Year was revived as a fiction prize, with the winner announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival.[2]

The Age Book of the Year[edit]

(Years link to corresponding "[year] in literature" or "[year] in Australian literature" articles.)

A Woman of the Future by David Ireland
Homesickness by Murray Bail

Fiction (or Imaginative Writing) Award[edit]

(Years link to corresponding "[year] in literature".)

A Woman of the Future by David Ireland
Homesickness by Murray Bail

Non-fiction Award[edit]

Dinny O'Hearn Poetry Prize[edit]

(Years link to corresponding "[year] in poetry" articles.)

Dragons in their Pleasant Places by Peter Porter
The Wild Reply by Emma Lew

First Book[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilde et al. (1994) p. 23
  2. ^ "MWF partners with the Age, Book of the Year award returns". Books+Publishing. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "'The Rain Heron' wins Age Book of the Year". Books+Publishing. 6 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ The Words That Count
  5. ^ "Winning Words" by Jason Steger The Age, 27 August 2011
  6. ^ 'Simple love story' wins Age award
  7. ^ a b c d Steger, Jason (2009) "Apocalyptic novel wins book of the year" in theage.com.au, 22 August 2009
  8. ^ a b c d Steger, Jason (2008) "US travel memoir wins Age Book of the Year Award" in theage.com.au, 2008-08-23
  9. ^ a b c d Cassin, Ray (2007) "Entitled to tell a story" in theage.com.au, 2007-08-25
  10. ^ a b c d Poet of the political takes Age Book of the Year prize
  11. ^ a b c d More than restaurants
  12. ^ a b c d Totem wins The Age Book of the Year
  13. ^ The Austlit Gateway News September/October 2003
  14. ^ a b c d "The Age" 25 August 2001, p12
  15. ^ a b c d "The Age" 14 August 1999, Sat Extra p9
  16. ^ a b c "The Age" 9 December 1988, p14
  17. ^ Review