The Premier’s Literary Awards have announced the 2020 shortlist. Pan Macmillan is incredibly chuffed to see two of our authors listed for this award! Lucy Treloar and Helena Fox were nominated in separate categories for their incredible novels. The Premier’s Literary Awards are an annual event aimed at highlighting literary excellency in Australia.
Lucy Treloar’s novel Wolfe Island has been nominated for the Christina Steadman Prize for Fiction. This prize awards $40,000 to an Australian fiction author. In the shortlist comments for the 2020 prize, the judges noted their admiration for the complex ways in which authors’ approached climate change. Wolfe Island follows the last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay. This nomination comes after the novel was also longlisted for the 2020 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year.
Helena Fox is nominated for the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature (worth $30,000) for her 2019 Young Adult novel, How it Feels to Float. This comes following a string of nominations for the novel. These include the ABIA Awards and the Indie Book Awards. Helena also won the Writing for Young Adults award at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. How it Feels to Float follows Biz, a girl who knows how to float. She doesn’t tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing her friend Grace or noticing the new boy.
Pan Macmillan is thrilled for both Helena and Lucy and congratulates all the nominees. We eagerly await 27 April when the winners of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards will be announced!