Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Shortlists, 2012

The Prime Minister's Literary Award Shortlist, 2012 has been announced.
The Prime Minister's Literary  Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature and history to the nation's cultural and intellectual life.

This year, there are six categories, including a new category for poetry.  Entries in each category were received from every State and Territory, and the awards attracted the highest number of entries since their inception.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors.

Fiction shortlist
All That I Am: a novel by Anna Funder
Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville
Foal's Bread by Gillian Mears
Autumn Laing by Alex Miller
Forecast: Turbulence by Janette Turner Hospital

Poetry shortlist
Ashes in the Air by Ali Alizadeh
Interferon Psalms by Luke Davies
Armour by John Kinsella
Southern Barbarians by John Mateer
New and Selected Poems by Gig Ryan

Non-fiction shortlist
A Short History of Christianity by Geoffrey Blainey
Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland

Prize for Australian History shortlist
Breaking the Sheep's Back by Charles Massy
Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us by Renegade Films Australia Pty Ltd

Young adult fiction shortlist
Being Here by Barry Jonsberg
Pan’s Whisper by Sue Lawson
When We Were Two by Robert Newton
Alaska by Sue Saliba

Children’s fiction shortlist
Father's Day by Anne Brooksbank
Come Down, Cat! by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo
Goodnight, Mice! by Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson