Authors to fight it out for $600k in prize money

THE 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Awards are now open to entries from Australian authors, poets and historians.

Established in 2008, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards are Australia's richest literary prize with a total prize pool of $600,000 to winners and short listed authors across six categories.

The six award categories are fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, poetry, young adult fiction and children's fiction.

Winners are awarded $80,000 tax-free each and short listed authors receive $5,000 tax-free.

The Awards are open for books first published and made available for general sale in Australia between January 1 and December 31, 2013.

Entries close on February 28, 2014, at 5pm

Entry forms and eligibility guidelines are available here.