Kibble Literary Award

Portraits of Miss Nita Kibble 1954 Portraits of Miss Nita Kibble 1954
Digital Order No. a928091 
Call No. P1/Kibble, Miss N B , 1927 & 1954 (BM)

For women writers of a published book of fiction or nonfiction classifiable as 'life writing'. Life writing for the purpose of this award includes novels, autobiography, biography, travel and other writing with a strong personal element.

Nita Kibble (1879-1962) was the first woman to be a librarian with the State Library of New South Wales. She held the position of Principal Research Librarian from 1919 until her retirement in 1943. Nita Kibble was a founding member of the Australian Institute of Librarians.

The Kibble Literary Award (currently valued at $30,000) recognises the work of an established Australian female writer.

The Dobbie Literary Award (currently valued at $5,000) recognises a first published work from an Australian female writer.

The State Library provides a judge for the award.

2014 winners

Perpetual congratulates the winners of the 2014 Kibble Awards.

The winner of the Kibble Literary Award for an established author is Kristina Olsson for Boy Lost: A Family Memoir.

The winner of the Dobbie Literary Award for a first published author is Kate Richards for Madness: A Memoir.

For more information please refer to Perpetual's media release.

2013 Winners

2013 marks the 20th year the Kibble Awards have celebrated the achievements and encouraged the recognition of Australian women writers.

Annah Faulkner wins the 2013 Kibble Award for an Established Author for The
(Pan MacMillan Australia).

Lily Chan is recipient of the 2013 Dobbie Award for a First Published Author for
Toyo: A memoir (Black Inc.)

Read the media release announcing the winners of the 2013 Kibble Awards.

Read the media release about the 2013 long-listed authors.

Past Winners

Kibble Literary Award
The Kibble Literary Award for the work of an established Australian female writer was presented to Gail Jones for her novel Five Bells.

Dobbie Literary Award
The Dobbie Literary Award for a first-published work went to Favel Parrett for Past the Shallows

View the full list of shortlisted authors and prize winners since the first Kibble Literary Awards made in 1994.

For more information

For more information, please phone 1800 501 227 or email

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