Australia-Asia Literary Award Suspended

"The West Australian" newspaper is reporting that the Australia-Asia Literary Award will not be held during 2009.

Arts Minister John Day said the total prize money, format and timing of the Australia-Asia Literary Prize, which was claimed by revered Australian writer David Malouf last year, was under review and expected to be finalised by the middle of this year. "There will not be an Australia-Asia Literary Award held in 2009, although it is expected that the award will be held in early 2010, pending the review recommendations."
I thought the whole thing overly ambitious when it was first announced. And the prizemoney was a peculiar figure, set, it seeemd, to ensure it was the highest in the country: at $110,000 it was $10,000 more than the Prime Minister's Literary Award amount.

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