2021
Submissions closed

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of literacy and to encourage everyone to enjoy and learn from the work of our writers. These annual awards honour distinguished achievement by Australian writers, contribute to Australia’s artistic reputation, and draw international attention to some of our best writers and to the cultural environment that nurtures them.

Nominations and guidelines

Nominations for the 2021 Premier's Literary Awards have now closed.

For detailed information, please read the guidelines carefully before submission.

PDF icon2021 NSW Premiers Literary Awards Guidelines ext.pdf

(For reference only)

Entries closed at 5 pm, Monday 19 October 2020.  

For more information

Senior Project Officer, Awards
awards@sl.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9273 1582 or
(02) 9273 1605

About the Awards

The NSW Government is committed to increasing public engagement with the arts. The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of literacy and to encourage everyone to enjoy and learn from the work of our writers. These annual awards honour distinguished achievement by Australian writers, contribute to Australia’s artistic reputation, and draw international attention to some of our best writers and to the cultural environment that nurtures them.

Past winners have included such notable writers as Peter Carey, David Malouf AO, Elizabeth Jolley, Thomas Keneally AO and Helen Garner. 

Total prize money in 2021, including sponsored awards, is up to $305,000. Writers, translators and illustrators whose works are nominated must be living Australian citizens or persons holding permanent resident status.

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards are presented by the NSW Government and administered by the State Library in association with Create NSW. We are pleased to acknowledge the support of Multicultural NSW and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Past events

2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Announcement of 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards