Journal article

Eligibility, Access and the Laws of Literary Prizes

Alexandra Dane

AUSTRALIAN HUMANITIES REVIEW | AUSTRALIAN NATL UNIV, SCH HUMANITIES | Published : 2020

Abstract

THE ABILITY OF LITERARY PRIZES TO SWAY LITERARY TASTES AND SHAPE CULTURAL discourse has long been explored through the decisions made by the prize judging panel. The jury of experts, who bring with them symbolic capital and are often regarded as representing a nation’s sophisticated literary palate, have been the subject of extensive scholarship. However, there is a selection process that occurs prior to the commencement of the official or public adjudication. The entry guidelines for individual literary prizes ensure that particular authors and titles will not, or cannot, be considered for the prize and are, therefore, excluded from the symbolic and economic rewards that come with being sho..

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