About the award

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The National Biography Award is administered and presented by the State Library of NSW. 

The Award was established in 1996 by Dr Geoffrey Cains and generously supported by Michael Crouch AC to encourage the highest standards of writing in the fields of biography and autobiography and to promote public interest in these genres. The Award’s growth and success recognises and reflects the continuing interest in stories about ordinary people with extraordinary lives.

The total prize value is $31,000 – $25,000 for the winner and $1,000 each for shortlisted authors – making it the richest national prize dedicated to Australian biographical writing and memoir.