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New $40,000 award celebrates female scriptwriters

Monday, 11 July 2016

The State Library of NSW announced today the launch of the inaugural Mona Brand Award for Women Stage and Screen Writers with prize money totalling $40,000, the only award of its kind in Australia.

The Mona Brand Award recognises outstanding women writers for the stage and screen, with a major prize of $30,000 and an additional $10,000 prize for a writer in the early stages of her career.

To be awarded biennially, the Mona Brand Award has been made possible by the generous bequest of the late Mona Alexis Fox nee Brand (1915–2007) and the State Library of NSW Foundation.

Brand was a trailblazing Australian poet and author whose prolific output included over 20 plays. Her work, which often addressed socially relevant and controversial topics, has been performed on stage, radio and television in Australia, England, Eastern Europe and India.

As the custodian of Mona Brand’s literary papers, the State Library of NSW will administer and present this award in honour of her rich legacy and the extraordinary work of Australia’s women writers today. The State Library of NSW is delighted to deliver this new award through this important philanthropic gift.

The award will be presented for the first time at the State Library in November 2016.

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