About the Special Award

In exceptional circumstances, the judges may propose that a Special Award be created, either for:

  • an Australian literary work that is not readily covered by the existing Awards categories; 
  • in recognition of an Australian writer’s achievements generally; or
  • in recognition of the contribution to the literary life of Australia.

The Special Award is not open to entry and cannot be awarded to a work that has been submitted to the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards that year. 

Past recipients of this award include AD Hope, Judith Wright, Nick Enright, Ruth Park, Ruby Langford Ginibi, Rosemary Dobson, Thomas Keneally AO and Katharine Brisbane. 

The Special Award was last awarded in 2019.

Past winners


No Friend But the mountain
Pan Macmillan Australia