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Launched in 2004 by Blake Dawson and the State Library of NSW, the $30,000 Ashurst Business Literature Prize is acknowledged as Australia’s most important award for business writing.
The prestigious prize was originally established by law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson*) and the State Library of NSW to encourage the highest possible standards of literary commentary on Australian business and financial affairs written by an Australian author.
In 2013, for the first time in its decade-long history, the Ashurst Business Literature Prize was expanded to include Australian authored works addressing international and global commercial life and its participants.
The range of subjects covered by the prize includes corporate and commercial literature, histories, accounts and analyses of corporate affairs as well as biographies of business people. Authors must be Australian citizens or permanent residents in order to be eligible.
* On 1 March 2012, Blake Dawson combined its Asia practice with that of leading international law firm Ashurst and rebranded as Ashurst in Australia. Due to this rebranding, the former Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize is now known as the Ashurst Business Literature Prize.