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The Library’s vibrant awards program continues to bring together writers and readers to celebrate and promote excellence in literature and history.  

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National Biography Award


Total prize money $42,000

Shortlist announced 

Winner announced on Monday 12 August 2019

NSW Premier's History Awards


Total prize money $75,000

Shortlists will be announced in late July 2019

Winners will be announced on 30 August 2019

NSW Premier's Literary Awards


Entries will open for 2020 in late August 2019


Ashurst Business Literature Prize


Total prize money $30,000

Entries for the 2020 Prize will open in December 2019

Shortstacks Film Festival

Inaugural prize.

Total prize money $20,000.

Winner announced.

2018 Mona Brand Award Winners

Biennial - next presented in 2020

Total prize money $40,000

2018 winners: Lucy Knox (Emerging Writer), Patricia Cornelius (Mona Brand Award Winner)


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Awards in association with the State Library of NSW

Miles Franklin Award

Annual award of $60,000.

Nita B. Kibble Literary Awards

Biennial award of $30,000.

Dobbie Literary Award

Biennial award of $5,000.