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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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NSW Premier's Literary Awards


Total prize money in 2020 $295,000

Shortlist announced



NSW Premier's History Awards


Total prize money $75,000

Entries are now open.

Mona Brand Award


Entries now open.

Total prize money $40,000



Shortstacks Short Film Festival

In light of the current situation, we have decided to run the Shortstacks Short Film competition at a later date.

If you have already submitted your work, your film will be eligible for the competition when it resumes.

If you are part-way through filming your project, we encourage you to continue to work on it for submission. The Library’s collection items selected to inspire your short films will remain the same.

We thank you for your support of the Library during these uncertain times.


Total prize money $20,000 


National Biography Award


Total prize money $42,000 

Entries for the 2020 Award have closed. The shortlist will be announced in July.

Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Total prize money $30,000

The Ashurst Business Literature Prize will not be offered in 2020. 

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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.