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November 25, 2008

Inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award

Filed under: Support Short Stories — roundtablewriting @ 12:30 am

How exciting to hear the news that David Malouf has won Australia’s newest and richest literary prize. It’s not only a great delight to know that one of my favourite authors has won this inaugural award but also that it was awarded for a collection of stand-alone short stories. It is also a literary prize that includes Asian literature, our “region’s literary future”.

Australian-Asian Literature is the way of the future and the forthcoming book, “Blood Will Have Blood” is a collection of short stories – by authors from Australia and the Indian subcontinent, including a new special adaptation of David Malouf’s award-winning short story “Child’s Play”.

Blood Will Have Blood will be released by Picador India shortly.

Malouf’s bracelet dazzles on a list of literary treasure

DAVID MALOUF has won Australia‘s newest and richest literary prize for his short story collection The Complete Stories.

Malouf was presented with the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award in Perth last night.

The $110,000 award, which was created by the former Labor government in Western Australia, is worth $10,000 more than the next richest, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and is given for fiction by writers resident in, or outside, Australia writing primarily about Australia or Asia.

Malouf, whose new short novel Ransom will be published in April, was “very pleased to be the first recipient“. He welcomed the award, and praised it as unique among state literary prizes.

It’s unlike most of the other major Australia prizes because it’s given by a state government, but it’s not limited to Australia,” he said.

There is certainly no other literary prize where Australia is the initiator which takes in Asia like this does, so it’s a very good thing that we’re looking outwards rather than inwards as we tend to do,” he said.

(The reference to the bracelet in the article is: ‘Vittachi agreed the decision to award the prize to a book of short stories was unusual. “It might usually go to a novel. But there’s an ancient story form called a bracelet, where you have a sequence of stand-alone stories which when read together have as much power as a single, united novel. We thought this book worked as just such a bracelet.” Vittachi sees the award as a means to divine the region’s literary future.’)

Full Sydney Morning Herald article at:

David Malouf’s Bracelet

Today’s Writing Tip

The article above has a quote about David Malouf’s stories: “His characters are very ordinary people and he captures the intense joys and sadness of ordinary life.

Try to capture the intense joys and sadness of your ordinary characters.


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