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Entries now open for Australia's most prestigious business literature prize

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The State Library of NSW is calling for entries in the 14th Ashurst Business Literature Prize, Australia's richest literary award for business writing.

The $30,000 prize was established by Ashurst to reward exceptional literary works in the fields of finance and business and importantly, to promote awareness about Australia's commercial life among the general community. Works by eligible authors addressing international commercial life will also be considered. 

The themes encompassed in the prize include corporate and commercial literature, histories, accounts or analyses of corporate affairs, and biographies of distinguished entrepreneurs, magnates and business icons.

Joining the independent judging panel this year is Margie Seale, whose most recent executive role was Managing Director of Random House Australian and New Zealand. She is now a non-executive director on a range of public company boards including Telstra Corporation and Scentre Group Limited.

Margie Seale commented: "The Ashurst Business Literature Prize is highly regarded in both the business and publishing industries for encouraging and commending some of the best Australian literary talent. I have followed the prize each year, and am delighted to be joining the judging panel for 2016."

Acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive Lucy Milne said: "The State Library values its longstanding relationship with Ashurst and the significant contribution the prize makes to business writing.”

The Ashurst Business Literature Prize is administered by the State Library of NSW on behalf of Ashurst. Eligible books must have been first published between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, and be commercially available in Australia within this period. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded here.

The winner of the 2016 prize will be announced at an event in early 2017.

For more information please contact, Senior Project Officer, Awards, State Library of NSW
Phone: (02) 9273 1582 or email:

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