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Australia-Asia Literary Award

Australia-Asia Literary Award
Sponsored byGovernment of Western Australia
DateNovember 2008 (2008-11)
Hosted byDepartment of Culture and the Arts
First awarded2008
Last awarded2008

Australia-Asia Literary Award (AALA) was an initiative of the Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and the Arts.[1] It was Australia's richest literary prize,[2] with a purse of A$110,000. The award was established in 2007 and the first and only winner was announced in November 2008, from entries published in 2007. In 2010 it was announced the award would be discontinued, with resources merged with the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards (PBA).[3][4][5][6] "The AALA will be discontinued immediately so we can free up some of those funds for an improved Premier’s Book Awards."[3] On 15 February 2010, the PBA began accepting for entry books published in 2008 and 2009 for the 2010 PBA.[3]


Winner announced in November 2008 for books published in 2007.[1]




  1. ^ a b Australia-Asia Literary Award Archived 19 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Richest literary award gets book thrown at it due to cost". Townsville Bulletin (Queensland, Australia). 6 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Premier's Book Awards Archived 29 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine., press release, State Library of Western Australia
  4. ^ "Rich Australia-Asia book prize is cancelled". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Book closed on rich prize". Herald Sun. 6 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Oz lit prize dumped as money ill-spent". The Phnom Penh Post. 9 February 2010.
  7. ^ Jason Steger (22 November 2008). "Rich pickings for Malouf". The Age.