A list of Australia’s main literary awards for, or primarily for, fiction or fiction writers. The links in the headings are all to Wikipedia.
For a good list of literary awards relevant to Australian writers, see the Australian Writing Awards to Celebrate page.
Biennial awards supported by the South Australian Government. It includes a Fiction Award, the winner of which is a contender for the Premier’s Award.
Annual literary awards offered by Melbourne’s Age newspaper. It was discontinued in 2013, and revived in 2021. The original award included a Fiction (Imaginative Writing) Award, with its winner being a contender for the overall Book of the Year award. The revived 2021 award was only for fiction.
Annual award made by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature for an outstanding literary work. It is usually, but not always, awarded for a novel.
Annual award for Australian books, across several categories. The first selection is made “the ABIA Academy of more than 200 industry professionals”, with the shortlist and winners being chosen by Judging Panels.
Now biennial award for “the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society”.
Annual award for a first published work by a woman writer. The work can be fiction or non-fiction, but must be “life writing”. (Currently, as of 2020 in abeyance while the organisers undertake a review of the funding trust and the award processes.)
Annual set of awards supported by the Australian Independent Booksellers’ Association. It includes two awards for fiction, the Fiction prize and the Debut fiction prize, both of which are contenders for the Book of the Year.
Annual literary award for “a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases”. This is Australia’s best known and most prestigious award, though it’s not the richest.
Annual set of awards offered by the New South Wales government. The fiction award is the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.
Annual award for a work by an established woman writer. The work can be fiction or non-fiction, but must be “life writing”. (Currently, as of 2020 in abeyance while the organisers undertake a review of the funding trust and the award processes.)
Annual literary award for a writer – not necessarily of fiction – who had been creative for a long period of time but hasn’t received the recognition the judges believe they deserve.
Annual awards supported by the Australian government across several categories, including Fiction.
Annual set of awards replacing the cancelled Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, including a Fiction Book Award.
Annual literary award for members of the Small Press Network, awarded to a work that did not receive the sales or recognition it deserved at the time of release.
Annual award for a work by a women, in any genre.
Annual set of awards supported by the Victorian government. The fiction award is the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.
Annual award for the best novel published in the previous year. Managed and judged by the Australian University Heads of English
Now biennial set of awards recognising excellence in Australian and Western Australian writing. Categories include Digital Narrative, Fiction, and Western Australian Emerging Writers. Categories have changed again.