The State Library of NSW has announced the launch of the inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing, the only award of its kind in Australia.
Light or dark, fun or farce – published works of fiction, memoir, poetry and verse by Australian writers will be considered for the biennial $10,000 prize, with entries now open.
The Prize has been made possible by the generous bequest of the late Peter Wentworth Russell, a farmer, businessman and passionate reader.
Administered and presented by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the estate, the prize aims to celebrate, recognise and encourage humour writing, and to promote interest in this genre.
As a proud and long-time supporter of Australian literature, the State Library of NSW and its Foundation are thrilled to announce this unique new prize as part of its large stable of awards and prizes it administers, including the NSW Literary and History Awards and the National Biography Award.
“The Russell Prize for Humour Writing will celebrate the written works that have amused us over the last two years, and encouraged us to ponder what is so unique about the Australian sense of humour,” said Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive.
Entries for the 2015 Russell Prize for Humour Writing closing on Friday 6 February 2015.
Entry forms and guidelines are available here: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about/awards/humour_award/