The Miles Franklin Literary Award is given to a novel of the highest literary merit that presents Australian life in any of its phases.

Publishers are required to submit novels on behalf of an author.  All works must be in English.  Works written by two or more authors are eligible for entry.

Biographies, collections of short stories, children’s books and poetry are not eligible for this award. Judges will not consider any text which has only had internet publication.

For further information on eligibility and criteria, please refer to the 2019 Miles Franklin Award Guidelines.

2019 Award

Applications for the 2019 award are now open.



2019 Award 
6 November 2018 Applications Open
19 December 2018 Applications Close
May 2019* Longlist announcement
June 2019* Shortlist announcement
July 2019* Winner announcement

*Dates subject to change

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