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2021
Winners announced

About the Award

The Russell Prize for Humour Writing, was established through a generous donation by Peter Wentworth Russell to celebrate, recognise and encourage humorous writing, and to promote public interest in this genre. It is the only award to recognise the art of humour writing in Australia.

2021
Black is the New White
Allen & Unwin
Winner
2021
The F Team
Giramondo Publishing
Shortlisted
2021
Mammoth
University of Queensland Press
Shortlisted
2021
Factory 19
Black Inc.
Shortlisted
2021
It sounded better in my head book cover
Text Publishing
Shortlisted
2021
Burger Force 4
Parentheses Press
Shortlisted

Past winners and shortlists

2019

2019
cover image of the hunter
Transit Lounge
Winner
2019
Boy Swallows Universe cover
Harper Collins
Shortlisted
2019
Front cover of Deadly Kerfuffle
Affirm Press
Shortlisted
2019
cover image of the drover's wives
Brio Books
Shortlisted
2019
Cover image of the Helen 100
Allen & Unwin
Shortlisted
2019
The Lucky Galah
Pan Macmillan Australia
Shortlisted

2017

2017
Quicksand
Penguin Random House Australia
Winner
2017
Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure
Hybrid Publishers
Shortlisted
2017
True Girt
Black Inc.
Shortlisted
2017
A Toaster on Mars
Text Publishing
Shortlisted
2017
Error Australis
Affirm Press
Shortlisted
2017
The Anti-Cool Girl
Harper Collins
Shortlisted

2015

2015
Book cover with drawing of Robert F Menzies
Harper Collins
Winner
2015
Boomer and Me
Wakefield Press
Shortlisted
2015
picture of an iron on the book cover of Why Women Need Wives. and Men Need Lives  - The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb
Penguin Random House Australia
Shortlisted
2015
Drawing of man upside down holding a dog on a lead on book cover of The Full Ridiculous by Mark Lamprell
Soft Skull
Shortlisted
2015
A short history of stupid - the decline of reason and why public debate makes us want to scream by Bernard Keane and Helen Razer
Allen & Unwin
Shortlisted