Sat 1 Mar 2014
On behalf of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL), the judging panel announces with pleasure the Short List for the 2013 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal.
Luke Carman, An Elegant Young Man (Giramondo)
Hannah Kent, Burial Rites (Picador)
Eleanor Limprecht, What Was Left (Sleepers)
Alex Miller, Coal Creek (A & U)
Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda (A & U)
Alexis Wright, The Swan Book (Giramondo)
Our thanks go to the publishers for submitting their titles for judging. More than sixty books were submitted, a group that represents both the quality and diversity of Australian literary publishing.
Books were submitted by A & U, Fourth Estate, Fremantle, Giramondo, HarperCollins, Hybrid, John Leonard, Macmillan, NewSouth, Picador, Scribe , Sleepers, Storyworks, Text , UQP, UWA Publishing, Vintage, Wakefield, William Heinemann.
We also extend our thanks to the writers. The excellence of the work submitted made our task difficult, but it was also exciting to experience the depth of talent present in the current Australian literary scene.
The ALS Gold Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year. The medal was inaugurated in the 1920s by the Australian Literature Society, which was founded in Melbourne in 1899.
The winner will be announced at the ASAL annual conference in July 2014.
ALS Gold Medal judging panel
Dr Philip Butterss (Chair)
Dr Mandy Treagus
University of Adelaide