Voss Literary Prize


Congratulations to these six Australian writers, short-listed for the annual Voss literary prize in 2017, awarded to the best novel published in the previous year.

The shortlisted titles are:

Jack Cox, Dodge Rose

Jennifer Down, Our Magic Hour

Toni Jordan, Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Zoe Morrison, Music and Freedom

Mark O’Flynn, The Last Days of Ava Langdon  

Josephine Rowe, A Loving, Faithful Animal   

Four of these six titles are debut novels and the other two come from established authors whose writing breaks new ground in different ways. A very lively contemporary Australian literary scene is opening new windows onto our shared lives in truly innovative ways – AUHE commends these novels to their readers.

The Voss award for the best novel published in Australia in 2016-2017 will be announced on 1 December at the annual meeting of the AUHE in Adelaide.


About the Prize

The Voss Literary Prize is an award dedicated to the memory of Robert de Vaux Voss (1930-1963), an historian and lover of literature from Emu Park in Central Queensland, who studied History and Latin at the University of Sydney and Modern Languages at the University of Rome. His will stipulated that a literary award be established to reward the best novel from the previous year. The executors of the estate have appointed the Australian University Heads of English (AUHE), the peak body for the study of English at Australian universities, to oversee and judge the award.

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