Commonwealth Writers Prize 2012 – Aussies on Shortlist

Commonwealth Writers has announced shortlists for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize. Awarded for best first book, this prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December 2011.

Of the 19 titles shortlisted for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize, four were by Australian authors:

The Ottoman Motel by Christopher Currie – The Text Publishing Company

The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen – The Text Publishing Company

Purple Threads by Jeanine Leane – University of Queensland Press

Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor – The Text Publishing Company

The Ottoman Motel by Christopher Currie  The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen  Purple Threads by Jeanine Leane  Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor

See the complete 2012 Commonwealth Writers Prize Shortlist here.

A regional winner for each prize will be awarded in five regions on 22 May: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean, and the Pacific.

The overall winner will be announced at Hay Festival on 8 June.

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Have you read any of the shortlisted titles?

Mette Jakobsen’s The Vanishing Act has caught my eye…

Commonwealth Writers is a new cultural programme within the Commonwealth Foundation which develops, connects and inspires writers.  By awarding prizes and running on-the-ground activities, it works in partnership with international literary organisations, the wider cultural industries and civil society to help writers develop their craft in the fifty four countries of the Commonwealth.