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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2022

winner y separately published work icon Tjanimaku Tjukurpa : How One Young Man Came Good Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunjtjatjara Women's Council , Alice Springs : Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunjtjatjara Women's Council , 2020 20923403 2020 single work short story Indigenous story

'Tjanimaku Tjukurpa is the story of Tjanima, told through the watchful eyes of his grandfather.

'It is a story of love and hope, of connection and second chances, and ultimately, a story of healing.

'Developed by senior Anangu men, this book is for young men, their families and communities, and for anyone seeking to better understand mental health, trauma and healing.

'Available in Pitjantjatjara / English and Ngaanyatjarra / English.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2020

winner y separately published work icon A Song Only I Can Hear Barry Jonsberg , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13659130 2018 single work novel young adult

'Introducing Rob Fitzgerald: thirteen years old and determined to impress the new girl at school, but it's a difficult task for a super-shy kid who is prone to panic attacks that include vomit, and genuine terror that can last all day. An anonymous texter is sending Rob challenges and they might just help. Or not.

'Beautifully moving and full of heart and humour, A Song Only I Can Hear is a delightful novel about dreaming big, being brave and marching to the beat of your own drum.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon Go Home, Cheeky Animals! Johanna Bell , Dion Beasley (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9320530 2016 single work picture book children's

'In this lively follow-up to Too Many Cheeky Dogs, the camp is invaded by all kinds of cheeky feral animals who are finally chased away by the resident cheeky dogs.

'At Canteen Creek where we live, there are cheeky dogs everywhere. But when the cheeky goats, donkeys, buffaloes and camels make mischief in the camp, the dogs just lie there - until those pesky animals really go too far. Then the cheeky camp dogs roar into action!' (Publication summary)

Year: 2011

winner y separately published work icon Twinkle Nick Bland , Nick Bland (illustrator), Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2010 Z1701985 2010 single work picture book children's

Year: 2010

winner y separately published work icon The Devil You Know Leonie Robin Norrington , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1628363 2009 single work novel young adult

'"88 is angry. Damien can feel it prickling the air between them. Every muscle in his body is taut, ready to run, planning his escape over the fire between those chairs and straight down to the creek. But he can't run. Not yet. Nothing has happened, yet. He'd just make a fool of himself. Out of the corner of his eye he watches as 88 slowly packs tobacco in a cigarette paper, rolls it into a cylinder, gets up and moves to sit right next to Damien, so close Damien has to clench his teeth and hang onto the chair to stop himself from bolting."

'Damien can't bear the thought of 88 coming back to live with him and Mum; memories of past violence are too strong. But there's glamour in having a father who rides a Harley Davidson and it leads Damien to run with the in-crowd at school and abandon his real friends.

'Set in a small-town community in northern Australia, The Devil You Know takes you inside the mind and under the skin of a troubled boy with a vivid imagination and one who must wrestle with his own violent impulses and minor betrayals.' (From the publisher's website.)

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