The 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.

The NSW Government is committed to increasing public engagement with the arts. Administered by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW, the Premier’s Literary Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of literacy and to encourage everyone to enjoy and learn from the work of our writers. These annual awards honour distinguished achievement by Australian writers, contribute to Australia’s artistic reputation, and draw international attention to some of our best writers and to the cultural environment that nurtues them.

Past winners have included such notable writers as Peter Carey, David Malouf AO, Elizabeth Jolley, Thomas Keneally AO and Helen Garner. 

2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

In order to be eligible, all works must have been first published, performed, broadcast or screened between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014. (Note: This does not apply to entries for The Translation Prize.)

Total prize money in 2015, including sponsored awards, is $320,000. Writers and illustrators whose works are nominated must be living Australian citizens or persons holding permanent residency.

Prize categories:
Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction
Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature
Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW (Multicultural NSW) Award
The NSW Premier's Translation Prize (biennial)
Multicultural NSW Early Career Translators Prize (biennial)

Other awards which may be given include: The Special Award, The Book of the Year and The Peoples’ Choice Award. Nominations are not accepted for these awards.

 

2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

The winners of the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced at a presentation ceremony held at the State Library of NSW on Monday 19 May, recognising the achievements of leading Australian writers.

Total prize money in 2014, including sponsored awards, was $275,000. Writers and illustrators whose works are nominated must be living Australian citizens or persons holding permanent residency.

In order to be eligible, all works must have been first published, performed, broadcast or screened between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.

View the winners and shortlist

2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Works eligible for the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, except for the Translation Prize, must have been first published, produced, performed or made publicly available between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012.

The NSW Premier's Translation Prize is offered biennially, and was awarded in 2013 and will be next offered in 2015.

The winners of the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony held at the State Library of NSW on Sunday 19 May 2013, on the eve of the Sydney Writers' Festival.  A total of $305,000 in prize money, including sponsored awards, was awarded across 12 prizes.

More information about the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
 

2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Works eligible for the 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards must have been first published, produced, performed or made publicly available between 1 October 2010 and 30 September 2011.

The winners of the 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced, together with the 2012 NSW Premier's History Awards, at a ceremony held at the State Library of NSW on Friday 30 November.  

More information about the 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Enquiries

For enquiries about submitting a nomination email awards.library@sl.nsw.gov.au or telephone (02) 9273 1582.

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