Victorian Premier's Prize for Nonfiction

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The Victorian Premier's Prize for Nonfiction, formerly known as the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, is a prize category in the annual Victorian Premier's Literary Award. As of 2011 it has a remuneration of A$25,000. The winner of this category prize vies with 4 other category winners for overall Victorian Prize for Literature valued at an additional A$100,000.

The prize was formerly known as the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction from inception until 2010 when the awards were re-established under the stewardship of the Wheeler Centre and restarted with new prize amounts and a new name. The Nettie Palmer Prize was valued at A$30,000 in 2010. According to the State Library of Victoria which managed the prize from 1997 to 2010, "This prize is offered for a published work of non-fiction. Books consisting principally of photographs or illustrations are ineligible unless the accompanying text is of substantial length."[1] Palmer wrote regularly for numerous newspapers all round Australia. She wrote on a wide range of topics, from environment to cultural events, reviewing all important books being published in Australia, America, Europe and elsewhere.

Victorian Premier's Prize for Nonfiction[edit]

Blue ribbon (Blue ribbon) = winner.

  • 2018[7]
    • Blue ribbon Sarah Krasnostein, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster (Text Publishing)
      • Georgia Blain, The Museum of Words: A Memoir of Language, Writing and Mortality (Scribe Publications)
      • Kate Cole-Adams, Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness (Text Publishing)
      • Mary-Rose MacColl, For a Girl: A True Story of Secrets, Motherhood and Hope (Allen & Unwin)
      • Alexis Wright, Tracker (Giramondo)
  • 2020[10]
    • Blue ribbonChristina Thompson, Sea People: The puzzle of Polynesia (HarperCollins)[11]
      • Gay’wu Group of Women, Songspirals: Sharing women’s wisdom of country through songlines
      • Chloe Higgins, The Girls
      • Jess Hill, See What You Made Me Do: Power, control and domestic abuse
      • Lizzie O’Shea, Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune can teach us about digital technology
      • Archie Roach, Tell Me Why: The story of my life and my music
  • 2021[12]
    • Blue ribbonPaddy Manning, Body Count: How climate change is killing us[13]
    • Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly, Songlines: The Power and Promise
    • Kylie Maslen, Show Me Where It Hurts
    • Louise Milligan, Witness: An investigation into the brutal cost of seeking justice
    • Ellena Savage, Blueberries
    • Victor Steffensen, Fire Country: How Indigenous fire management could help save Australia
  • 2022[14]
    • Randa Abdel-Fattah, Coming of Age in the War on Terror
    • Danielle Celermajer, Summertime: Reflections on a vanishing future
    • Veronica Gorrie, Black and Blue: A memoir of racism and resilience
    • Amani Haydar, The Mother Wound
    • Fiona McGregor, Buried Not Dead
    • Chelsea Watego, Another Day in the Colony

Nettie Palmer Prize for Nonfiction[edit]


  1. ^ State Library of Victoria
  2. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2011". Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "21 big names. One big decision. Start reading". Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2014". Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Later the basis of the film Acute Misfortune
  6. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2018". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 2018-12-12. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  9. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  10. ^ "2020 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  11. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  12. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 2020-12-08. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  13. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  14. ^ "VPLAs 2022 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 2021-12-07. Retrieved 2021-12-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2011: 2010 Winners & Shortlists". Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  16. ^ "Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction - 2009 Winner". Archived from the original on 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
  17. ^ Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction - 2008 Winner
  18. ^ Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction - 2007 Winner
  19. ^ Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction - 2006 Winner
  20. ^ Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction - 2005 Winner
  21. ^ Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction - 2004 Winner
  22. ^ Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction - 2003 Winner