The 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist is:
In addition to Mr Neville, the judging panel includes: The Australian journalist and columnist, Murray Waldren; Sydney-based bookseller, Lindy Jones; writer and editor, Craig Munro; and Emeritus Professor, Susan Sheridan.
Each of the 2015 shortlisted authors will receive $5,000 from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, which has sponsored the Miles Franklin Literary Award since 2004. In that time, the fund has granted more than half a million dollars to the Award’s shortlisted authors.
The Copyright Agency’s Chief Executive, Murray St Leger, said: “The $5,000 for each of the five shortlisted authors is our way of giving further recognition to their amazing work, helping them to pay the bills and encouraging them to please give us more to read!”
Perpetual’s National Manager of Philanthropy, Caitriona Fay, congratulated the shortlisted authors.
“As the shortlist announcement shows, Miles Franklin’s legacy continues to make a significant impact on the lives of authors and book lovers alike,” Ms Fay said.
“There is a passionate literary community in Australia and through Miles’ commitment to philanthropy she has helped to make sure that community continues to thrive in 2015.”
The winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 will be revealed on 23 June 2015 and will receive the $60,000 in prize money for their novel judged as being ‘of the highest literary merit’ and which presents ‘Australian life in any of its phases’.