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Text Awards

This month has seen Text books and authors garner a staggering number of awards, shortlistings and longlistings. See the full list below. Congratulations to all!

  • Toni Jordan’s Nine Days was named Best Fiction book at the 2013 Independent Booksellers of Australia Awards. On accepting her award, Toni said ‘If it wasn’t for the support of independent booksellers who took the time and trouble to read it and like it and put it in people’s hands, I’d be stuffed…Lucky for me, independent booksellers love books and they love Australian writing and they give books like mine a chance. I’m very grateful for their faith and support. I wouldn’t have a career without them.’
  • Murray Bail’s The Voyage has been shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Winners will be announced on 19 May as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. You can vote for The Voyage in the People’s Choice Award here.

  • Romy Ash’s Floundering and Chris Flynn’s A Tiger in Eden have both been shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. The Commonwealth Book Prize is awarded annually to a debut novel by a Commonwealth citizen. Cory Taylor’s Me and Mr Booker was the winner for the Pacific region in last year’s prize. (Cory’s new book, My Beautiful Enemy, is out this month.) Regional winners will be announced on 14 May and the overall winners presented at Hay Festival on 31 May.
  • Romy Ash’s Floundering has also been longlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award. The shortlist will be announced on 30 April at the State Library of New South Wales, with the winner presented at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 19 June.
  • Floundering has also been longlisted for the 2013 Dobbie Award, which recognises the work of a first-time published Australian woman. The shortlist will be announced on 5 June and the winners on 24 July.

  • Vikki Wakefield’s Friday Brown is on the Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlist for older readers. It has also been named a 2013 Notable Book. The winners will be announced on 16 August.
  • Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being has been shortlisted in the adult category of the UK Independent Bookseller Award. The winners will be announced on 29 June.
  • Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay is on the longlist for the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Rash won this award in 2011 for his collection Burning Bright. The shortlist will be made public in late May and the winner announced in July.

  • Ismail Kadare’s The Fall of the Stone City has been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. This prize is awarded annually to the best work of contemporary fiction in translation. The winner will be announced on 20 May.
  • Tahmima Anam and Steven Hall have both been recognised on Granta’s 2013 list of the 20 most promising British novelists under 40. Authors on earlier lists include such luminaries as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Pat Barker and Rose Tremain. See the full list here.
  • Florence Williams' Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History is a Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2012 winner in the Science and Technology category. See the full list of prize winners here.


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