QUEANBEYAN author and poet Omar Musa has been announced as one of the 10 finalists in this year’s the Miles Franklin Literary Award “longlist”.
He has been nominated for his recent novel “Here Comes the Dogs”.
The 10 authors in competition for the $60,000 prize this year include three debut novelists –Musa, Suzanne McCourt, and Christine Piper.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award is regarded as Australia’s most prestigious literature prize and was established through the will of “My Brilliant Career” author, Miles Franklin. First awarded in 1957, the prize is awarded each year to the novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.
“From a contemporary rap symphony and a 1950s polio clinic love affair, to the suburban father too good to be true and the spiritual journey of an Antarctic supply ship, this year’s Miles Franklin longlist showcases the extraordinary vitality and range of recent Australian fiction,” said State Library of NSW Mitchell librarian, Richard Neville, on behalf of the judging panel.
“Interestingly, a number of the novels are written from the child’s perspective, with unravelling families, or families in tension, driving the narratives.”
Mr Neville is joined on the judging panel by journalist Murray Waldren, bookseller Lindy Jones, Queensland Writers’ Centre founding chair Craig Munro and Emeritus Professor Susan Sheridan.
The Miles Franklin 2015 shortlist will be announced at the Australian Booksellers Association Conference at the State Library of Victoria on May 18. The winner will be revealed on June 23.
The 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist is:
|Elizabeth Harrower||In Certain Circles||Text Publishing|
|Sonya Hartnett||Golden Boys||Penguin Books Australia|
|Sofie Laguna||The Eye of the Sheep||Allen & Unwin|
|Joan London||The Golden Age||Random House Australia|
|Suzanne McCourt||The Lost Child||Text Publishing|
|Omar Musa||Here Come the Dogs||Penguin Books Australia|
|Favel Parrett||When The Night Comes||Hachette Australia|
|Christine Piper||After Darkness||Allen & Unwin|
|Craig Sherborne||Tree Palace||Text Publishing|
|Inga Simpson||Nest||Hachette Australia|