- From:The Courier-Mail
- April 27, 2012
It's a win that comes with a $20,000 cheque.
Meanwhile, winners have also emerged from a number of the world's highest book honours, including the PEN/Faulkner Award this time last month and National Book Critics Award earlier this month, both in the US.
It follows a slough of shortlistings for other major book gongs including the handsomely paid IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Orange Prize for female fiction in the UK, the new manifestation of the now defunct Commonwealth Writers' Prize, as well as a longlisting for the National Biography award in Australia.
For its part, the Orange Prize for women's writing has winnowed potential winners down to a shortlist of six.
The shortlists for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize - a fresh category of what was formerly the Commonwealth Writers Prize - were revealed on Tuesday of this week, with the winner to come out on June 8.
On March 26, the American PEN/Faulkner prize went to "The Buddha in the Attic," a short novel about Japanese-American war brides by Julie Otsuka.
It was followed by the American National Book Critics Award on March 8, which went to a collection of works by short-story veteran Edith Pearlman.
Closer to home, the National Biography Award 2012 longlist will see 12 titles compete for the prestige as well as a $25,000 prize to be handed down on May 14 at the State Library of New South Wales as part of the Sydney Writers Festival.