Awards The Library’s vibrant awards program continues to bring together writers and readers to celebrate and promote excellence in literature and history. Contact us for more information. Sign up to Receive the Awards newsletter NSW Premier's Literary Awards Annual Total prize money in 2019 is up to $305,000. NSW Premier's History Awards Annual Total prize money $75,000. Entries will open in February 2019. National Biography Award Annual Total prize money $42,000. Entries open until 5pm, 11 February 2019. Ashurst Business Literature Prize Annual Total prize money $30,000. Entries close 5pm, Monday 11 February 2019. The Russell Prize for Humour Writing Biennial Total prize money $10,000 Entries close 5pm Monday 11 February 2019 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) Honours of the Library Council of New South Wales These honours recognise distinguished individuals who contribute to the cultural enrichment of Australia. 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.