Icon finds literary fame
The region’s most iconic marsupial, the numbat, has found itself as the new emblem of WA’s most prestigious literature prize, the Premier’s Book Awards.
The State animal emblem, as illustrated by Moira Court in the children’s book “Superhero”, was chosen as the awards’ emblem because it “is simply beautiful and everyone who sees it loves it,” according to the State Library of WA’s Charles Hayne.
“The Premier’s Book Awards were relaunched last year in a new format, a format that has a focus on WA writers,” Mr Hayne said.
“In the past, writers from around Australia were eligible, but that is no longer the case.
“It seemed sensible then to create a new logo that was uniquely Western Australian.”
Four awards are handed out during the WA Premier’s Book Awards, including the WA Writer’s Fellowship valued at $60,000.
The Premier’s Prize for Writing of Children and the Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer offer $15,000 prizes.
The winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award, which is bestowed for the best unpublished indigenous junior or young adult fiction, receives $15,000 and a publishing contract.
“The Premier’s Book Awards are WA’s No.1 literary awards,” Mr Hayne said.
“These awards are run to support and encourage WA writers, and in particular emerging writers.
“We believe that literacy is a vital life skill and encouraging writing by and for young people is just one way to improve literacy skills.”
Entries for the awards close on February 10, with the winners set to be announced during July’s Disrupted Festival of Ideas.
Work published in 2019 are eligible for the awards.
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