Call for nominations: NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2015

The State Library of NSW today [1 October 2014] announced the opening of nominations for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Total prize money, including sponsored awards, of up to $320,000 will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in May 2015.

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards offers awards in the following categories:

  • Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
  • UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
  • Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction
  • Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
  • Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
  • Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature
  • Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
  • Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
  • Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW (Multicultural NSW) Award
  • The Premier’s Translation Prize (biennial)
  • Multicultural NSW Early Career Translator Prize (biennial)

For the first time, The Premier's Translation Prize includes the Multicultural NSW Early Career Translator Prize ($5,000). The winner will be chosen from entries submitted for the NSW Premier’s Translation Prize. Sponsored by Multicultural NSW, this prize offers acknowledgement, encouragement and financial support to translators in the first ten years of their practice.

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Winners announced for 2014 NSW Premier's History Awards

The 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards, offering $75,000 in prize money, were announced TONIGHT [5 September 2014] at the State Library of NSW, as part of the official launch of NSW History Week.

The prizes, including a special commemorative medallion for Australian Military History, were presented by The Honourable Victory Dominello MP, who said: “As Minister for Veterans Affairs, I’m delighted and honoured to present the NSW Premier’s History Awards in 2014, a year which marks the start of the commemoration of the First World War.”

Minister Troy Grant MP, Minister for the Arts commented: “I'm delighted to see the State Library of NSW and the History Council of NSW working together to promote history; it is relationships such as these that contribute to a strong and resilient arts and cultural sector.”


Australian History Prize ($15,000)
Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War, Joan Beaumont (Allen & Unwin)

Australian Military History Prize (commemorative medallion, a subcategory of Australian History) First Victory, Mike Carlton (Random House Australia)

General History Prize ($15,000)
Encountering the Pacific in the Age of Enlightenment, John Gascoigne (Cambridge University Press)

NSW Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000)
Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge, Ian Hoskins (NewSouth)

Young People’s History Prize ($15,000)
Australians All, Nadia Wheatley, illustrated by Ken Searle (Allen & Unwin)

Multimedia History Prize ($15,000)
Public Intimacies: The 1974 Royal Commission on Human Relationships, Michelle Arrow, Catherine Freyne and Timothy Nicastri (ABC Radio National Hindsight)

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Prized Australian history heads to Dubbo

Captain Cook’s shoe buckles and rare Indigenous word lists are among the extraordinary items from the State Library’s world-renowned collection heading to Dubbo from 3-4 September 2014.

Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said that this would be the first time that these prized Australian historical items from the State Library’s collection would be shown in Dubbo.

“Over the past two years 168 schools have enjoyed the Library’s popular Far Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative, and I’m thrilled it is heading to Dubbo for the first time to show primary school students these amazing items, relating to the discovery and exploration of our continent and nation,” says Mr Grant.

Students and teachers from eight primary schools will be among the first in their area to view the actual handwritten letters of Mary Reibey, extraordinary Indigenous artwork and Indigenous word lists from the local area.

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