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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from the Melbourne Prize Trust

Announcements / Winners

A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MELBOURNE PRIZE TRUST

The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015 and Awards are one of the most valuable literature prizes in Australia.

The winners in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, the Best Writing Award 2015, plus the new category to continue our 10th anniversary celebration – the Writers Prize 2015 – have been announced on this website.

The Residency at The University of Melbourne has been awarded.

To showcase the work of the finalists and engage the public with the abundant literary talent in Victoria, the finalists in each category were on show at Federation Square between 9 and 23 November 2015, where a free catalogue was made available. Thank you for voting in the $6,000 Civic Choice Award 2015.

Federation Square is the exhibition and events partner and 'home' of the annual Melbourne Prize. This long-term partnership makes it possible for the public, visiting the free public exhibition each November, to engage with abundant talent in literature, music and (urban) sculpture as part of the annual Melbourne Prize three-year cycle. It provides artists with public exposure in one of the country's most visited public spaces.

In our 11th year, the Melbourne Prize Trust appreciates Federation Square's generous support, which enhances our creative resources and provides opportunities to promote our abundant artistic talent through the annual Melbourne Prize.

We are pleased to have the Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria, and the City of Melbourne as partners.

We proudly support Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, which recognises the importance of literature in the city and state and the important role writers played, and continue to play, in the cultural life of our community. We look forward to promoting and developing literature in our community and providing opportunities for writers.

We proudly support Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature and look forward to demonstrating the importance of literature in our community and providing opportunities for writers.

The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015 and Awards are made possible this year through the generous support of our partners and patrons - thank you one and all for your valuable community investment in literature.

Thank you to the literary sector and the many organisations, publications and websites who have generously helped the Trust raise awareness of our 2015 program.

Simon H Warrender
Executive Director & Founder
Melbourne Prize Trust


Click here for information on the Melbourne Prize Trust

WINNERS & FINALISTS


Click here for the Prize & Award summary

Melbourne Prize
for Literature 2015 finalists


Steven Carroll
Brenda Niall
Christos Tsiolkas
Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM — Winner
Alexis Wright



Best Writing Award 2015 finalists and entered work


James Button, Speechless A year in my father's business MUP, 2012
Patricia Cornelius, Savages,
Playlab 2014
Andrea Goldsmith — Winner
The Memory Trap, Fourth Estate 2014
Gideon Haigh, On Warne,
Penguin Books 2012
Daniel Keene, Mother,
Currency Press 2015
Alex Miller, Coal Creek,
Allen & Unwin 2013
John Safran, Murder in Mississippi,
Penguin Books 2013
Maria Takolander, The Double,
Text Publishing 2013
Abigail Ulman, Hot Little Hands, Hamish Hamilton Penguin Books, 2015
Don Watson, The Bush, Hamish Hamilton Penguin Books, 2014



Writers Prize 2015 finalists and essays


Robyn Annear, Places Without Poetry
Nick Gadd, The Unconscious of the City
Kate Ryan — Winner
Psychotherapy for Normal People
David Sornig, Jubilee: a hymn for Elsie Williams on Dudley Flats
Maria Tumarkin, No Skin

Click here to download an eBook of the finalists essays.



Residency

School of Culture & Communications
The University of Melbourne

Kate Ryan — Winner
Writers Prize 2015 finalist
Essay: Psychotherapy for Normal People



Civic Choice Award 2015


Robyn Annear — Winner
Writers Prize 2015 finalist
Essay: Places Without Poetry


The Melbourne Prize Trust would like to thank all entrants this year.

JUDGES STATEMENT


As the winner of the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM continues an imposing and significant influence on Australian literature, in the genre of poetry. Chris has established himself among the vanguard of international poetry giants and made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life. Chris has devoted his career to teaching mentoring and supporting new generations of writers.

As the winner of the Best Writing Award 2015, Andrea Goldsmith's entered work, The Memory Trap, 4th Estate 2013 is visceral, immediate and psychologically gripping and builds on her already impressive body of work. It demonstrates outstanding clarity, originality and creativity and suggests even greater achievements in writing yet to come.

As the inaugural winner of the Writers Prize 2015, Kate Ryan's entered essay, Psychotherapy for Normal People, is a powerful and engaging work and account of the psychotherapeutic process by an accomplished Victorian writer.

The judges congratulate the 2015 winners and finalists and thank all applicants and nominees for their entries.


JUDGES

Lisa Dempster
Mark Rubbo OAM
Michael Williams
Craig Sherborne

Prize & Awards summary

Prize & Awards summary


This section provides a summary of the 2015 Prize and Awards.

Click here for the winner and finalists in each category.



Melbourne Prize for
Literature 2015

$60,000 cash


Supported by The Vera Moore Foundation and The Tallis Foundation.



The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015 is for a Victorian author whose body of published work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature and to cultural and intellectual life.

The author’s work can include all genres and forms, for example, fiction, non-fiction, essays, plays, screenplays and poetry. There is no age limit for this prize.

Entrants must be commercially published authors.

 



Best Writing Award 2015

$30,000 + $2,500 Qantas airfare credit


Supported by its sole patron, The Robert Salzer Foundation.


The Best Writing Award 2015 is for a published work of outstanding clarity, originality and creativity by a Victorian writer.

The work can be any genre for example, fiction, non-fiction, essays, plays, screenplays and poetry. There is no age limit for this award.

The recipient of this award will also receive Qantas International air travel to the value of $2,500 (including GST).

Entrants must be commercially published authors.

Writers Prize 2015

$20,000 + $2,000 each for five finalists


Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, in association with the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.





The Writers Prize 2015 is a new category made available this year to continue the 10th anniversary celebrations of the annual Melbourne Prize.

Entrants to the Writers Prize 2015 must submit, by the close of entries (20 July 2015), an essay of up to 20,000 words (minimum 10,000 words).

The essay must include Melbourne, Victoria or Australia as part of its subject. Submitted work in the Prize must not have been commercially published.

Five (5) finalists will be selected by the judges, who will be announced on 2 September. A $2,000 fee (including GST) will be given to each of the five finalists.The winning author will receive the Writers Prize 2015, valued at $20,000.

Entrants must be commercially published authors.

The five finalit essays have been published in an eBook, which has been generously made possible by the Griffith Review. Click here for the eBook.


Civic Choice Award 2015

$6,000


Supported by Readings and Hardie Grant Books.



Voting is closed. The announcement of the winner of the Civic Choice Award 2015 will be made on 27 November 2015 at melbourneprize.org



Residency


Supported by The University of Melbourne.



A residency at the School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne will be awarded, at the discretion of the judges, to either the recipient of the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015, the Best Writing Award 2015 or the Writers Prize 2015.

Key Dates

Entries Open
18 May 2015

Entries Close
20 July 2015


All announcements will be made at melbourneprize.org

2015 Finalists Announced
2 September 2015

Finalist Exhibition
9 to 23 November 2015

Winners Announced
11 November 2015

Civic Choice Award 2015 Announcement
27 November 2015

Judges



Lisa Dempster

Artistic Director & CEO
Melbourne Writers Festival





Craig Sherborne

Writer


Mark Rubbo OAM

Managing Director
Readings Books Music and Film


Michael Williams

Director
The Wheeler Centre
Photo courtesy of Lee Sandwith

Past Winners

Partners and Patrons

About

The annual Melbourne Prize


Launched in 2004, the Melbourne Prize Trust recognises and rewards excellence and talent, inspires creative development and enriches public life. The Trust achieves these aims by running the annual Melbourne Prize, which is funded by a collaboration of partners and patrons.

To date, approximately $1 million has been made available to Victorian artists via the annual Melbourne Prize, plus exhibitions, residencies and international travel. The Trust is an Income Tax Exempt Charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

The annual Melbourne Prize is one of the most valuable creative development initiatives of its kind in Australia. It runs on a three-year cycle and rewards sculptors, writers and musicians in turn.

The current cycle is:
/ Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2014)

/ Melbourne Prize for Literature (2015)

/ Melbourne Prize for Music (2016)

The annual Melbourne Prize is unique, celebrating artistic excellence under the banner of Melbourne.

The major event of the annual Melbourne Prize is the free two-week public exhibition of finalists work and the prize announcement held each November at Federation Square. The public can vote for a finalist to win the Civic Choice Award. The exhibition increases the public’s exposure and access to the creativity of our community and enhances Melbourne’s reputation as a cultural capital.

The origins of the Trust date back to the establishment of the children’s garden precinct at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the commissioning of The Magic Pudding sculpture in 2000. Proceeds from the sale of limited edition miniatures of this landmark sculpture contribute to the Trust.


Image courtesy of Cornwell Design
Miniatures are handmade by Fundere Fine Art Foundry

Please contact the Melbourne Prize Trust on (03) 9696 4410 to purchase a miniature.

History


The Melbourne Prize Trust was established as an Income Tax Exempt Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient in 2004 and commenced the annual Melbourne Prize in 2005.

The founder of the Trust, Simon Warrender, announced the annual Melbourne Prize, following the unveiling of his project being the commissioning of The Magic Pudding sculpture, as a centerpiece of a new children’s garden precinct in Melbourne’s CBD.

The prize is established to provide opportunities for artists and recognise and reward excellence and talent, inspire creative development and enrich public life.

Proceeds from the sale of miniatures of the Royal Botanic Garden’s sculpture of The Magic Pudding contribute to the Melbourne Prize Trust. Click here to order a miniature.

The first three year cycle of the annual Melbourne Prize commenced with the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2005. The Trust funds the annual Melbourne Prize through cross-sector partnerships from the government and private sectors, and private patrons. The annual Melbourne Prize is open to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents and residents of the State of Victoria. The home of the annual Melbourne Prize is Federation Square, where an exhibition of finalists, according to each cycle, is held each November. All recipients are announced on this website.

Click here for more information about making a tax-deductible donation to the Melbourne Prize Trust.

Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in the annual Melbourne Prize.

The annual Melbourne Prize was founded by Simon Warrender with the foundation assistance of the Committee for Melbourne.



Donations


The Melbourne Prize Trust is supported by tax-deductible public donations to the Melbourne Prize Fund and corporate sponsorship. The Trust is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient status for the Melbourne Prize Fund.

The Melbourne Prize Fund is used, along with sponsors and patrons, to contribute to the activities of the Melbourne Prize Trust and annual Melbourne Prize.

Click here for contact details to enquire about making a tax-deductible donation to the Melbourne Prize Fund.

Governance


Melbourne Prize Trust
ABN 46 190 726 471

Melbourne Prize Limited as Trustee for Melbourne Prize Trust
ACN 107 593 868

Directors
Dr Janine Kirk AM
Chairman
Simon H Warrender
Executive Director, Founder and Secretary
Professor Andrea Hull AO
Pamela M Warrender OAM
David Laidlaw

Management Committee
Dr Janine Kirk AM
Chief Executive – The Prince’s Charities Australia
Anthony Poynton
Partner, Minter Ellison Lawyers
Simon H Warrender
Executive Director and Founder, Melbourne Prize Limited

Auditor
Grant Thornton



Simon Warrender
Simon, as a Bachelor of Business and Grad. Dip. in Applied Science, has extensive experience in the financial and aviation sectors and is the founder and Executive Director of the Melbourne Prize Trust. He has established a number of public benefit projects.

Dr Janine Kirk AM
Janine has over 30 years of senior management experience in both the private and public sectors. Over the last decade Janine has been a Ministerial appointee to an extensive range of State Government Committees, Councils and Boards in sectors as diverse as industry, marketing & branding, innovation, tourism and events, community development, infrastructure, finance, education, drug prevention, international trade and urban planning.

Professor Andrea Hull AO
Professor Andrea Hull AO has had a distinguished career in the arts, cultural policy, and arts education in Chief Executive and Board advisory roles in Federal and State Government, and in education. Andrea has served on a wide variety of Federal and State Boards covering cultural, health promotion, cultural and public diplomacy, urban renewal and design, tourism, and innovation agendas.

Pamela M Warrender OAM
Pamela has had extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector over many decades and played a foundation role in the Australian modern arts movement. Pamela is the founder of the Committee for Melbourne and a published author.

David Laidlaw
David Laidlaw is a litigation partner and former CEO with a leading Australian law firm. David has served on a number arts company boards and was instrumental in fostering his law firm’s support of Australian artists, including its sponsorship of artists selected to represent Australia at the Venice Biennales. He was also responsible for the establishment of his firm major art prize.

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2015

Prize Winners

Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM
Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015

Andrea Goldsmith
Best Writing Award 2015
The Memory Trap
(Fourth Estate, 2014)

Kate Ryan
Writers Prize and Residency 2015
Essay: Psychotherapy for Normal People

Robyn Annear
Civic Choice Award 2015
Essay: Places Without Poetry

Click here for the exhibition catalogue (1.6mb)

Click here to download a copy of the eBook of finalist essays in the Writers Prize 2015 (2mb)

Click here for more information


2012

Prize Winners

Alex Miller
Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012

Craig Sherborne
Best Writing Award and Residency 2012
The Amateur Science of Love
(Text Publishing, 2011 )

Tony Birch
Civic Choice Award 2012
Blood (University of Queensland Press, 2011)

Click here for the exhibition catalogue (4.3mb)

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2009

Prize Winners

Gerald Murnane
Melbourne Prize for Literature 2009

Nam Le
Best Writing Award 2009
The Boat (Penguin, 2008)

Amra Pajalic
Civic Choice Award 2009
The Good Daughter (Text Publishing, 2009)

Click here for the exhibition catalogue (1.7mb)

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2006

Prize Winners

Helen Garner
Melbourne Prize for Literature 2006

Christos Tsolkias
Best Writing Award 2006
Dead Europe (Random House, 2005)

Henry von Doussa
Civic Choice Award 2006
The Park Bench (Thompson Walker, 2005)

Click here for the exhibition catalogue (2mb)

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