The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2006 aims to recognise and reward excellence and talent in literature. Run by the Melbourne Prize Trust, in conjunction with the Committee for Melbourne, the prize will focus both on an outstanding body of work as well as early career writers. Offered to Victorian writers only in 2006, the Melbourne Prize for Literature will provide opportunities for writers to advance their creative pursuits. The prize will be awarded in November 2006 at Melbourne’s Federation Square.

The following is a summary of the award categories offered as part of the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2006.

This year’s prize winners were announced on 15 November 2006, click here for Prize Announcements.


Melbourne Prize for
Literature 2006

$60,000 cash
( $30,000 cash + $30,000 cash for international travel)

The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2006 is for a Victorian based writer whose body of published or produced work i.e. poetry, plays, fiction, non-fiction or essays has made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature and to cultural and intellectual life.

Supported by City of Melbourne – $30,000 International Travel Grant, Tattersall’s – $20,000, the Melbourne Prize Fund – $10,000, the Italian Institute of Culture (Italian language and cultural short course) and the City of Milan.


Best Writing Award
$30,000 cash

The Best Writing Award is for a piece of published or produced work in any genre by a Victorian writer 40 years and under, which is an outstanding example of clarity, originality and creativity.

Supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, Hardie Grant Books and Readings.

Civic Choice Award
$3,000 cash

Voted by visiting public to a display of finalists of the Best Writing Award to be held at Federation Square in November 2006.

Supported by Melbourne
Prize Fund.

 An initiative of Melbourne Prize Trust
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