Christos Tsiolkas has been named a finalist for the Melbourne Prize on Wednesday.
Tsiolkas is in the running, alongside Jordie Albiston, Maxine Beneba Clarke, and Pi O, for the $60,000 award for the triennial prize.
The prize awards “a Victorian author whose body of published work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature and to cultural and intellectual life”.
Tsiolkas’ latest novel ‘7 1/2’ will follow his acclaimed 2019 historical fiction work ‘Damascus’ when it is published in November.
‘Damascus’’ tales about the early Christians won the fictional category of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award last year.
Tsiolkas is a playwright, essayist, film critic, and author of five other published novels, including ‘The Slap’, ‘Barracuda’, and ‘Loaded’.
The winners of the Melbourne Prize for Literature will be announced on 10 November.