The 2008 John Curtin Prize for Journalism has been won by Richard Flanagan.
Flanagan's essay ‘Out of Control: The Tragedy of Tasmania's Forests' was published in the May 2007 issue of The Monthly.
The judges commented: "Flanagan writes with a controlled passion - even rage - but the reader does not feel in any way bullied by the writing. It is a great example of excellent magazine journalism."
At the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards ceremony, Flanagan again called for a royal commission into the links between Tasmania's forestry industry and its government.
The 2007 Walkley Award for Magazine Feature Writing has been won by Malcolm Knox.
Knox's essay 'Cruising: Life and Death on the High Seas' was published in the September 2006 issue of The Monthly.
The Walkley judges said of "Cruising": "Beautifully crafted and provocative, Malcolm Knox's account of Dianne Brimble's death and the culture of cruise ships is a compelling example of first-rate reportage combined with new insights into a crime that received massive exposure."
Knox is a leading journalist and book author who has contributed regularly to The Monthly since its launch in May 2005.
The 2006 Walkley Award for Magazine Feature Writing has been won by Chloe Hooper.
Hooper’s essay ‘The Tall Man: Palm Island’s Heart of Darkness’ was published in the March 2006 issue of The Monthly.
The Monthly’s editor, Sally Warhaft, said, “Chloe’s essay went behind the headlines – it was the definitive story of the Palm Island riots and their aftermath.
‘The Tall Man’ was the result of numerous visits to Palm Island, and extensive research and interviewing.
The 2006 Pascall Prize for Critical Writing has been won by Robert Forster, rock critic for The Monthly.
“He manages to write about popular music not only with the feeling for musical values of someone who has worked as a musician, but with an expert feeling for the show business context and with a masterly sense of the history of his subject.” (2006 Judges' Report)
The Pascall Prize, founded in 1998, is given in memory of the journalist, columnist and critic Geraldine Pascall. It honours the critic whose work over the past 12 to 18 months has contributed significantly to public appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of an area of the arts.
Gideon Haigh’s 'Information Idol: How Google is Making us Stupid', and Chloe Hooper’s 'The Tall Man' were awarded the prize jointly from a field of forty-two entries.
The 2006 John Curtin Prize for Journalism is a new addition to the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. It recognises a journalism feature in any medium that, through excellence in writing and reporting, helps define Australia's place in the world.