Saturday, February 21, 2009

The End of a Literary Award?

It seems that the Australia-Asia Literary Award, won in its inaugural year by David Malouf, will not be run this year [found via] ... and perhaps not ever again.

The prize money, format and timing are currently under review. The fact that not a single Western Australian writer made the shortlist (although the state was footing the bill) must surely be a factor. And who can afford such generous prize money (the award is worth more than any other in Australia) in these difficult times?

But this is very bad news for authors from this part of the world, who have very few enough literary awards to aim for ...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

David Malouf is a very good writer, but I found it strange that the award should go to his collection of previously published and previously collected short stories.

- Poppadumdum