National Biography Award

2014 National Biography Award: Winner

Alison Alexander has won the 2014 National Biography Award for The Ambitions of Jane Franklin (Allen & Unwin).


View the 2014 Shortlist here.

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2014 National Biography Award

National Biography Award

Entries for the 2014 National Biography Award closed on Friday 17 January 2014.

Books eligible for nomination must have been first published between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013, and be of a minimum oflength of 40,000 words.

The subject of the work is to be an Australian or have made a significant contribution to Australia. Other subjects may be considered if the author is an Australian citizen or permanent resident and the work provides a particularly Australian perspective of the subject.

The winner of the National Biography Award receives $25,000 in prize money for a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing. Each of the shortlisted authors receive $1,000.

The winner of the 2014 National Biography Award will be announced in August at a presentation ceremony at the State Library of NSW.

About the National Biography Award

The National Biography Award is administered and presented by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the award's benefactors, Dr Geoffrey Cains and Mr Michael Crouch AO.

The Award was established 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.

In 2012, the total prize value was increased to $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.

The 2013 National Biography Award was won by Peter Fitzpatrick for The Two Frank Thrings (Monash University Publishing).  

More Information

Please contact Kate Butler, Senior Project Officer, Awards.

Other State Library NSW Awards & Fellowships
National Biography Award website
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Australian Book Review

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