Miles Franklin Literary Award

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

First presented in 1957, the Award helps to support authors and to foster uniquely Australian literature. Miles Franklin believed that “Without an indigenous literature, people can remain alien in their own soil."  She also had first-hand experience of struggling to make a living as a writer and was the beneficiary of two literary prizes herself.

Perpetual, as trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund are proud to be a part of this literary legacy.  


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2019 Shortlist

“The 2019 shortlist showcases a diverse and exciting range of Australian voices and experiences. Each writer has been unafraid to take risks in their narrative, in one or more of structure, subject matter or style. These books celebrate, for the most part, some of the complex, disparate and urgent aspects of contemporary Australian life.” - Dr Bernadette Brennan, author and literary critic.

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Miles DOnations


Be a part of the Miles Franklin legacy. Donate to the Award and help support authors and the growth of Australian literature. Become a friend, or as Miles would say a “congenial”, and receive special recognition on the Award website and in event collateral. All donations are tax deductable.

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The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has been a proud supporter of the Miles Franklin Award since 2004, granting more than half a million dollars to this premier Australian literary prize. Since 2011, the Copyright Agency has provided $5,000 for each author named on the shortlist.



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