3rd December

New Award to recognise Western Australia’s literary champions

A new award has been created to acknowledge outstanding achievement in Western Australia’s literary
culture.

The Writing WA Literary Lions Medal, to be produced by The Perth Mint, will be presented to an individual who has made a substantial contribution to Western Australia’s literary culture.

The inaugural Medal, which comes with a cash prize of $10,000, is being launched in 2019 to celebrate 10 years of philanthropic investment in our State’s writing culture by the Literary Lions, Writing WA’s private donors.

Writing WA CEO Sharon Flindell said the Literary Lions program had been invaluable to the development of writing in Western Australia over the past ten years.
“The Literary Lions program was established in 2010, bringing together a group of individuals with a shared passion for and commitment to Western Australian literature,” she said.

“Their annual donations have enabled Writing WA to deliver significant programs and services to support WA’s literary sector,” she said.

Past programs made possible by Literary Lions contributions have included the publication of an anthology of stories for children; the creation of apps based on WA children’s picture books; and a series of public talks by WA writers in Writing WA’s A Glass of Wine and a Good Book program.

“It is fitting to launch the new Literary Lions Medal in the tenth year of the program to allow us to publicly acknowledge the important contribution this group of passionate people has made and at the same time shine a light on the many other individuals and unsung heroes throughout our State who are working to ensure our writing culture thrives now and into the future.

“We are grateful to The Perth Mint for coming on board to deliver this Award, which we intend to present on an annual basis.”

Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer Richard Hayes said “With an appreciation for the fine arts, we place particular importance on honouring the talents of local artisans as they continue to enrich the culture of our community.

“Literature in its many forms is an art to be admired, so we are proud to help recognise excellence in this field and the outstanding writing achievements in this State,” he continued.

Nominations for the Literary Lions Medal will be made by Writing WA’s member organisations and the Medal winner will be announced on 3 December at a function to be held at The Perth Mint.

For more information on the Literary Lions Program and Medal visit http://writingwa.org/about/literary-lions/