2016 Territory Read Shortlist
Since 2009, the NT Writers’ Centre has recognised the work of the Territory’s published authors with the Territory Read Awards.
Now held every two years, the awards have three categories: the best non-fiction book, the best book for children or young adults, and the Chief Minister’s Book of the Year.
Past winners include Andrew McMillan, Marie Munkara and Rod Moss.
In 2016, Territory Read enjoys the support of The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and the Chief Minister will once again sponsor a cash prize for the best book. The CAL grant allows for the payment of high-calibre judges. This year the judges were the founding creative director of the writer’s house Varuna, Peter Bishop, and acclaimed novellist Jennifer Mills.
Eligible books were published during 2014 and 2015, and we had 18 entries by 17 authors from across the Northern Territory. The 2016 awards were judged by Peter Bishop, founding creative director of Varuna, The Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains, 1994-2010 and Jennifer Mills, fiction editor at Overland literary journal.
We are now pleased to reveal the short list for the top prize (in alphabetical order):
Nona and Me by Clare Atkins
Highway of Lost Hearts by Mary Anne Butler
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald
Being Martha’s Friend by Meg Mooney
Tambora by Derek Pugh
The Burning Elephant by Chris Raja
(A short list will not be released for the other two categories)
The winners of the Territory Read book awards will be announced on 27 July.