Incredibly happy to announce Milk Teeth has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry!!!
Big big congrats to fellow shortlisted poets Eunice Andrada for Flood Damages and Kate Lilley for Tilt! And to all the other shortlisted folks, including fellow University of Queensland Press authors Melissa Lucashenko for Too Much Lip and Tony Birch for Common People. You can view the full shortlist and highly commended works here.
The winners of the main awards (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, writing for young adults, and the biennial Prize for Indigenous Writing) each receive $25,000. The winners of theses categories go on to contest the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000. Wow!
Winners will be announced on Thursday 31 January 2019.
You can participate in the awards by voting for your favourite work published in 2018. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be named alongside the general category winners, and will receive $2,000.
You can also have a read of the VPLA judges’ report, which states: “Milk Teeth is a crisp and tactile first collection. It challenges pre-existing categories: gender, interior and exterior landscapes, the way we assume language is fixed.”
If all this chat about Milk Teeth has convinced you to buy a copy, here’s a list of places you can grab one.