2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

02 February 2018
2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Melbourne-based writer Sarah Krasnostein has scooped Australia’s richest literary prize at the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Ms Krasnostein was presented the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for her novel The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and Disaster.

In addition to taking out the top honour, Ms Krasnostein was also awarded the $25,000 Prize for Non-Fiction.

Born in the United States, Krasnostein studied in Melbourne where she now lives and lectures in criminal law at Monash University.

Her debut book tells the true story of Melbourne transgender woman Sandra Pankhurst’s life and career cleaning the scenes of violent crimes.

Melanie Cheng’s short story collection Australia Day was awarded the Prize for Fiction. Demet Divaroren’s novel Living on Hope Street won the Prize for Writing for Young Adults.

Rounding out the all-Victorian winners list – Michele Lee’s political play Rice took out the Prize for Drama and Bella Li’s text and visual hybrid Argosy claimed the Prize for Poetry.

The publicly voted People’s Choice Award went to Alison Evans for Ida.

The Victorian Prize for Literature was awarded from a shortlist of 21 works across the five main categories.

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards celebrate the best contemporary Australian writing and are run by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.

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