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Patrick White Award
or Patrick White Literary Award
Subcategory of Awards Australian Awards
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The Patrick White Award is an annual literary prize. The award was established in 1975 to advance 'Australian literature by encouraging the writing of novels, short stories, poetry and/or plays for publication or performance'. Rather than being awarded for an individual work, the award acknowledges writers who have made a significant contribution to Australian literature.

White used the funds from his 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature award to establish the philanthropic trust that supports this prize.

Source: Sighted: 15/11/2013.


  • This is an annual award sponsored by Patrick White, who used his Nobel Prize for Literature to establish a trust for the prize.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2023

Year: 2022

Year: 2021

winner Adam Aitken

Year: 2020

winner Gregory Day

Year: 2019

Works About this Award

Antigone Kefala Receives Patrick White Award for Contribution to Australian Literature 2022 single work column
— Appears in: Neos Kosmos , November 2022;

'Poet Antigone Kefala has won the Patrick White Award for her 50 years of contribution to Australian literature.' 

Minimalist Poet Antigone Kefala Wins the Patrick White Award for Her Contribution to Australian Literature Elizabeth McMahon , 2022 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 24 November 2022;

'The news that Antigone Kefala has won the Patrick White Award is completely thrilling. She is a most deserving winner by all the terms of that prize.'

Congratulations Adam Aitken on Winning the 2021 Patrick White Award 2021 single work column
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , no. 33 2021;

'Rochford Street Review congratulates Dr Adam Aitken who was awarded the 2021 Patrick White Award on 6 December 2021. Adam is a great friend and supporter of the Review and, as co-editor of the first few issues of P76 journal in the early 1980s, was present at the very beginning of Rochford Street Press. More recently Adam’s work appeared in Issue 32 of the Review (Adam Aitken: Three Poems).' (Introduction)

Award Recognises the Ways in Which Indigenous Writers Enrich Australian Literature and Culture Debra Adelaide , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney PEN Magazine , May 2018; (p. 22-23)

'The main purpose of the Patrick White Award is to encourage the winner to continue writing, and to provide some financial support to enable that. As Debra Adelaide reports, with his award White supported a basic human right, which is the freedom of expression through the written word.'  (Introduction)