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Call for entries for 2012 Premier's Book Awards

10 Dec 2012

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced the Call for Entries for the 2012 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.

Mr Day said the awards had a long tradition of honouring and celebrating Western Australian and Australian writing.

“This year we celebrate the 21st year of the Premier’s Prize being awarded and the 30th anniversary since the humble beginnings of the Western Australian Literary Awards,” he said.

The awards started with just three categories and has grown into today’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards with eight categories.

“Entries also continue to grow - almost 600 works were submitted last year from publishers and authors from across Australia.”

The award categories are: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children's Books, Writing for Young Adults, Poetry, Scripts, West Australian History, and the Digital Narrative Award. The popular People’s Choice Award to select the favourite book from the shortlist in one category will again be held for these awards. 

The Minister said the Premier's Prize of $25,000 would be presented to the overall winner, chosen from the category winners by a panel of judges.

“The State Government recognises and celebrates creative literary talent through the provision of prize money for these awards,” he said.

“I would like to acknowledge the State Library of WA for its continued sponsorship of the West Australian History Award.”

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