Book awards celebrate emerging WA writers

WA will celebrate the state’s writers with awards nominations open to recognising WA’s excellence in writing.

The State Government has opened nominations for the Premier Book Awards in an effort to support, develop and recognise writers in WA.

Writers can be nominated in four categories with a total prize pool of $105,000.

Categories include The Premier’s Prize for Writing for Children  recognises quality writing for children, The Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer for first published work and The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Junior and Young Adult.

The awards will also include The Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship worth $60,000, designed to assist a WA writer to develop their writing practice.

Arts Minister David Templeman said the awards were an encouragement of old and emerging writers as well as works produced in the state.

“These annual awards are focused on promoting the incredibly talented writers we have here in Western Australia,” Mr Templeman said.

“The State Library is a fitting place to hold the awards as it is a home of education, learning and literature; a community hub where writing is cherished and celebrated.”

Nominations close on February 10 2020 and winners will be announced during the Disrupted Festival of Ideas at the State Library of WA in July.

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