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The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced this evening and the two categories that relate to children’s literature are the Patricia Wrightson Prize and the Ethel Turner Prize.

ETHEL TURNER PRIZE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

The Ethel Turner Prize ($30,000), named in honour of the acclaimed author of the children’s classic Seven Little Australians, is offered for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for young people of secondary school level.

Previous winners of the Ethel Turner Prize include Mem Fox and Julie Vivas, Markus Zusak, Ursula Dubosarsky and James Roy.

2011 shortlisted writers are…

Michelle Cooper – The FitzOsbornes in Exile. The Montmaray Journals: 2

Cath Crowley – Graffiti Moon (Winner)

Kirsty Eagar – Saltwater Vampires

Belinda Jeffrey – Big River, Little Fish

Melina Marchetta – The Piper’s Son

Jaclyn Moriarty – Dreaming of Amelia

PATRICIA WRIGHTSON PRIZE FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

The Patricia Wrightson Prize ($30,000) is offered for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for children up to secondary school level.

The prize is named in honour of children’s author Patricia Wrightson, whose books have won many prestigious awards world – wide including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal (1986) for The Nargun and the Stars.

Previous winners of the Patricia Wrightson Prize include Odo Hirsch, Shaun Tan, Narelle Oliver, and Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas (illustrator).

2011 shortlisted writers are…

Jeannie Baker – Mirror

Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood – Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House

Cassandra Golds – The Three Loves of Persimmon

John Heffernan – Where There’s Smoke

Sophie Masson – My Australian Story: The Hunt for Ned Kelly (Winner)

Emma Quay – Shrieking Violet

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