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It seems we’re never short of awards, which are a great way to recognise the extraordinarily talented writers we have living here in Australia.

Last week JC Burke told us that she’d been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards. These awards aren’t traditionally given to YA authors, so Jane is justifiably thrilled that her most recent novel Pig Boy has made the cut. There’s a great review of this book here and it’s worth a read if you haven’t picked it up already.

Robert Newton was ecstatic to be the 2012 winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. He won for his YA novel When We Were Two and deserves a huge congratulations for the accomplishment of his most recent book.

Then today the shortlist for the Victorian Premier’s Award was announced. As always congratulation go out to all shortlisted authors, but a special shout out goes to the following Booked Outer’s on the list.

Nettie Palmer Prize for non-fiction * Alice Pung Her Father’s Daughter

Prize Writing for Young Adults * Doug MacLeod The Shiny Guys

And of course we’re all eagerly anticipating the announcement of the CBCA Book of the Year award. Not long now! This one will be announced in just a few weeks on Friday the 17th of August.

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