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Record-breaking field in Premier’s book awards

05 Jul 2012

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced the shortlists for the 2011 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

Mr Day said there was a record 596 entries submitted this year compared with 571 for the 2010 awards.

“From recent Miles Franklin winner Anna Funder to the screenplays for WA productions Mad Bastards and Cloudstreet, I am pleased that these important awards are again attracting record entries from across Australia,” he said.

“The 14 members of the judging panel have had a huge task in reading all the entries, and I appreciate their dedication to the task given to them.

“In addition to the seven categories, the People’s Choice Award has again been included in the awards for 2011. The six shortlisted fiction titles are eligible for this award with the voting form accessible from the State Library’s website.”

Voting for the people’s choice award will commence on July 23 and finish on August 27. Avid readers and book club members across Australia will determine the outcome.

The Minister said, when deciding on the shortlist, the judges commented on the high number of top quality non-fiction works received for the 2011 awards.

“They have recognised an additional four non-fiction titles in the shortlist as highly recommended,” he said.

“Another category which continues to grow is the digital narrative section as authors use new technology to tell interactive stories for digital media.”  

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