A TWO-TIME Miles Franklin winner is among six authors shortlisted for Australia’s richest literary prize.
A mix of established and emerging writers have made the shortlist for 2019, with an even representation of men and women.
Among the contenders for the $60,000 award is Rodney Hall with his novel A Stolen Season. He has previously won the award for Just Relations in 1982 and The Grisly Wife in 1994.
His new work explores the stories of three people whose lives have been profoundly affected by war, men and money.
Other nominees include author Gail Jones, who has previously been shortlisted and longlisted, for The Death of Noah Glass, and Melissa Lucashenko, who has also been longlisted before, for her novel Too Much Lip
The three first-time nominees are Michael Mohammed Ahmad for his novel The Lebs, Gregory Day for A Sand Archive and Jennifer Mills for her novel Dyschronia.
Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, author and literary critic Dr Bernadette Brennan said the shortlist for 2019 showcases a diverse 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,” Dr Brennan said in a statement on Tuesday evening.
“These books celebrate, for the most part, some of the complex, disparate and urgent aspects of contemporary Australian life.”
The winner will be announced on July 30.
The prize is awarded to the novel of the highest literary merit and which shows Australian life in any of its phases.