29 April 2008

LITERARY AWARD - WA Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award (Deadline: 30 May 2008)

The richest literary award in Australia and Asia has been launched by Premier Alan Carpenter.

Mr Carpenter said the inaugural Western Australian Premier’s Australia-Asia Literary Award, worth $110,000, had the power to excite and expand the State’s cultural horizons.

Recognising the increasing predominance of electronic media and to emphasise the Award’s focus on literary merit, no matter what the format; the Award is open to any book-length work of literary fiction published either electronically or in print.

All works submitted must be nominated by publishers and written in the English language. If the winning entry is a work translated into English, the author will receive AUD $88,000 and the translator AUD $22,000.

Entries for the award are now open and will close 30 May, 2008. Forms can be downloaded from the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts’ website HERE.

The Premier’s Australia-Asia Literary Award forms part of the Carpenter Government’s Ignite program. Ignite is a dynamic AUD $73 million package of initiatives designed to transform dance, theatre, music and visual arts, as well as change the shape of Western Australia’s cultural landscape. Visit the Dept of Culture and the Arts, WA website.

If you need further information please email literaryawards@dca.wa.gov.au