Award Terms and Conditions

2021 Colin Roderick Literary Award

The Colin Roderick Literary Award is awarded to the best original book of the previous year dealing with any aspect of Australian life, first published by an Australian publisher.  The winner of the 2021 Colin Roderick Award will receive $20,000 in prize money and presented the H.T. Priestley Medal.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now closed.

Nominations open:  14 September 2020
Nominations close: 11 December 2020
Shortlist announced: July 2021*
Winner announced:  September / October 2021*

*Date to be announced.

To be eligible for the 2021 Colin Roderick Award, submissions:

  • Must be an original work dealing with some aspect of Australian life.
  • Must be first published between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.
  • Must be published by an Australian publisher, although they can be printed off-shore.
  • Cannot be self-published works or solely published as an e-book.
  • Can be in any genre including, but not limited to: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose or screenplay.
  • Can be written by more than one author or co-author. All authors and co-authors must be identified at the time of nomination.
  • Can be published by more than one publisher, in collaboration.
  • Must be nominated, using the online form, by 11 December 2020 with publications being received no later than end of December 2020.
  • An entry fee of $25 per book/entry must be paid upon application.  Entries are not valid without the paid fee.
  • Copies of works submitted as part of a nomination will not be returned.
  • Any number of publications by the same author/s can be submitted, so long as they each meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Online nomination forms must be completed for each individual submission.
  • Works may be submitted by authors, publishers, literary agents or interested third parties. People or organizations nominating works on behalf of an author are responsible for gaining the author's consent prior to nomination.
  • The person listed as the "submitter" for the nomination will be the contact person about that nomination. Except in the case of the nomination being shortlisted, in which case the author will also be included in any correspondence.
  • The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies reserves the right to change the conditions of nomination, cancel or vary the awards process at any time.
  • The conduct of inviting nominations does not give rise to any legal or equitable relationship.
  • In all matters relating to the conditions of nomination and judging process, the decisions of the judges and the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Breach of conditions of nomination will render a nomination invalid.
  • No person will be entitled to claim compensation for loss from the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies for any matter in connection with these Awards.
  • Publishers may print '2021 Colin Roderick Award Shortlist' or '2021 Winner of the Colin Roderick Award' on the subsequent printing of shortlisted and winning works.
  • The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies expects that the recipients and their publishers will assist in publicity promoting Australian literature and the Colin Roderick Award. Award recipients should be prepared to attend the annual awards dinner (usually held in Sept/October) and participate in media opportunities relating to the Award.
  • The prize shall be awarded, and the prize money paid, to the author of the winning entry; or, in the event of the author’s death, to his/her estate. The receipt from the author, or his/her estate, shall discharge the Foundation’s obligations.
  • Works written by more than one author, or published by more than one publisher in collaboration, are eligible; and in the case of such a work being awarded a prize, the prize money will be shared equally between authors, unless the collaborators unanimously require that different proportions apply.
  • All authors and co-authors must be identified at the time of nomination for the Award.
  • Responsibility for the legal integrity of any work submitted for the Award remains with the entrant.
  • Whilst it is expected that these conditions will be strictly observed, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies Ltd reserves the right to alter or waive compliance with any condition if an exceptional circumstance arises which in its opinion would render a variation necessary.

The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies collects the personal information necessary to process a nomination and administer the Colin Roderick Award. We will only use the personal information from the online application form for the purpose for which it has been provided and for directly related purposes such as contacting the applicant and to promote the shortlisted and winning nominations. We will not disclose the personal information without the consent of the individual to who the information relates, except for purposes directly related to administering this award.

The Colin Roderick Award is presented for the best book published each year in Australia, dealing with any aspect of Australian life. Publications entered for the Award may be in any field of Australian writing, whether verse or prose.  It is essential that the works be published in Australia (they may be printed elsewhere) and deal with an aspect of Australian life.

The Judges

The panel of judges for the award has been selected by the Board of Directors from the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies. They are made up of literature academics, literary sector professionals, writers, and avid readers.

The Process

  • Eligibility of all nominations will be checked by Foundation staff including entry fee paid.
  • All eligible nominations will be forwarded to the judging panel for reading, shortlisting and selection of shortlist and winner.
  • The shortlist will be published on this website in July 2021, and the winning entry announced in September / October 2021.

Special conditions for judging

  • The prize shall be awarded for the publication which, in the opinion of the majority of the judges, is of the highest literary merit in its own genre and which makes a more notable contribution to the body of Australian literature than any publication in any other genre that may be submitted to them.
  • If in the opinion of the majority of the judges, no publication submitted is of sufficiently high literary quality to warrant the awarding of the prize, no prize shall be awarded.
  • If there should be two or more entries between which the judges are not able to make a final choice, the Board of Directors of the Foundation shall refer such entries to a person it nominates to make an adjudication. The adjudicator’s decision shall be final.
  • If, in the opinion of any one or more of the judges, an entry is deemed to be ineligible for the Award and the judges are unable to reach a unanimous resolution confirming eligibility, the entry shall be referred to an adjudicator selected by the Board of Directors of the Foundation, whose decision shall be final.
  • The judges, and any adjudicator who may be appointed shall not enter into correspondence with the author or publisher of any entry on matters relating to the style or content of that publication.
  • Authors, publishers or other third parties entering publications must complete an online entry form for each title they wish to nominate.
  • Once you have completed the online entry form, follow the link to our payment portal.  A $25 fee applies per entry and payment can be made with credit card only.
  • An email acknowledgment will be sent once your entry form is received.
  • Five (5) hard copies of each book should be posted to the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies Ltd at:

    Foundation for Australian Literary Studies
    C/o Building 4, Room 120
    James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, 4811

For Further Information:

Marg Naylor, Support Officer |  0428585877