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. 


2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

The shortlists for the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards were announced on Tuesday 8 April, recognising the achievements of leading Australian writers.

Twenty-four judges considered hundreds of entries across nine prize categories, with the winners to be announced on the evening of Monday, 19 May.

Minister George Souris MP, Minister for the Arts welcomed the announcement of the shortlist.
“The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards promote national and international recognition of our dynamic literary community and the work of our talented writers,” Mr Souris said. “Now in their 34th year, the Awards continue to support and encourage great Australian writing, and demonstrate the value and importance of reading to the people of NSW.”

Total prize money in 2014, including sponsored awards, is up to $285,000. 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.

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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.

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2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Works eligible for the 2012NSW 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.  

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Enquiries

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

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