The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin (pic left), the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.
The five books shortlisted for the prestigious prize are Hope Farm by Peggy Frew, Leap by Myfanwy Jones, Black Rock White City by AS Patric, Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar and The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood. Each writer has won $5,000 for being shortlisted, and the winner – judged as being of “the highest literary merit” and presenting “Australian life in any of its phases” – will receive $60,000.
The final winner will be announced at the Melbourne writers festival on 26 August.