The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards & NSW Premier’s History Awards
The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Premier’s History Awards are an important and integral part of the State’s cultural activity. On 5 April 2012 the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced that the awards will be reinvigorated and strengthened, following a recent review.
These Awards are presented by the NSW Government and managed by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW.
2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
The NSW Premier's Literary Awards have a proud history, both in celebrating achievement by Australian writers and in helping to establish values and standards in Australian literature.
Established in 1979, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have recognised hundreds of talented Australian writers: novelists, poets, playwrights, scriptwriters, translators, and authors of non-fiction and children’s books.
Total prize money in 2014, including sponsored awards, is up to $285,000.
Entries have now closed for the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
It is anticipated that the shortlist will be announced in early April 2014, and the winners will be announced in May 2014.
2013 NSW Premier's History Awards
The winners of the 2013 Awards were announced at a reception held in the historic Mitchell Library Reading Room at the State Library of NSW on Thursday 12 September 2013.
Eight judges considered 161 entries across the five prize categories.
The Premier commented: “The NSW Premier’s History Awards demonstrate each year that NSW is a state in which we thoughtfully examine our origins and what they mean for our future. As a student of history, I am always fascinated to see the many ways in which history can be told and opened up to the whole community and to people of all ages.
“I offer my congratulations to all of our historians, and especially to the winners.”
Total prize money for the NSW Premier’s History Awards in 2013 is $75,000.
All works must have been first published, produced, performed or made publicly available between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.
Writers and illustrators whose works are nominated must be living Australian citizens or persons holding permanent resident status.
The Premier's History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievement in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents.
2013 guidelines for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards are now available.