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About the award

  • Note the Guidelines for this Award have changed in 2023. 

  • The winner of the UTS Award for New Writing ($5,000) is chosen from debut entries submitted for all the award categories (no additional entry fee is required for this award).

  • Entrants should indicate on the entry form if their book, play or script is a debut work.  

  • Entrants for this award must not have previously had a full-length work in any of the categories covered by the NSW Premier's Literary Awards (other than Translation) professionally published or performed.  

  • The Award seeks to recognise outstanding new literary talent and is sponsored by UTS.

Past winners and shortlists

2022
Hold your fire
Scribner an imprint of Simon & Schuster Australia
Winner
2021
Cherry Beach
Text Publishing
Winner
2020
Cover image of the book Real Differences.
Transit Lounge
Winner
2019
Boy Swallows Universe cover
HarperCollins Publishers
Winner
2018
Text Publishing
Winner
2017
Letter to Pessoa
Giramondo Publishing
Winner

About Glenda Adams

The award recognises the literary achievements of Glenda Emilie Adams (1939–2007), Australian novelist and play writer. Adams was born in Ryde, Sydney. She graduated from University of Sydney with an Honours degree in Indonesian and later, won a scholarship to study at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, graduating in 1965. Adams returned to Australia later teaching creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. She published four novels, several short stories and plays. Her second novel Dancing on Corals won the Miles Franklin Award and a Special Award at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards in 1987.