Will Hodgman, Premier
Says Adam: ‘So thrilled to have won the University of Tasmania Prize as part of the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Awards for my manuscript Brodsky Dies. Thanks to all involved in this necessary prize. Here’s a pic of me and Her Majesty.’

The winners of the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced today at Government House in Hobart.

The Premier Will Hodgman said the Tasmanian Government was proud to provide $40,000 to the awards and congratulated the winners for their outstanding work.

Literary talent is clearly flourishing in Tasmania, and our state is proving to be a great source of inspiration for our creative best.

I congratulate all winners of the awards, particularly winner of the Tasmanian Book Prize, Rebe Taylor.

The Premier’s Literary Prizes are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate writing in and about the place we call home.

The prizes were judged by an independent panel from the literary sector, chaired by Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart.

The Tasmania Book Prize for the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre – $25,000
• Winner: Into the Heart of Tasmania by Rebe Taylor, published by Melbourne University Publishing.

The Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship – $5,000
• Winner: Erin Hortle

The Margaret Scott Prize for best book by a Tasmanian writer – $5 000
• Winner: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, published by Allen & Unwin.

The University of Tasmania Prize for the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian Writer – $5 000
• Winner: Brodsky Dies by Adam Ouston

There were almost 1 000 votes cast in the Premier’s Literary Prizes People’s Choice Awards with the public voting for:

The University of Tasmania Prize People’s Choice Award
• Winner: A Guide to Bushwalking in Tasmania, 25 Short Walks by Ben Walter

The Margaret Scott Prize People’s Choice Award
• Winner: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, published by Allen & Unwin.

Tasmania Book Prize People’s Choice Award
• Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry by James Boyce, published by Black Inc,

A media kit including author biographies, synopses and judges’ comments is available on request.

For more about the Premier’s Literary Prizes visithttp://tasmanianartsguide.com.au/plp/

The Tasmanian Government delivers the prizes through Arts Tasmania with the support of the University of Tasmania and private philanthropists.