New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards
The New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, also known as the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, were first awarded in 1979. They are among the richest literary awards in Australia. Notable prizes include the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.
- 1 History
- 2 Judging
- 3 Categories
- 3.1 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
- 3.2 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
- 3.3 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
- 3.4 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
- 3.5 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature
- 3.6 Community Relations Commission Award
- 3.7 UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
- 3.8 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
- 3.9 Betty Rowland Prize for Script Writing
- 3.10 NSW Premier's Prize for Literary Scholarship
- 3.11 People's Choice Award
- 3.12 Book of the Year
- 3.13 Special Award
- 3.14 NSW Premier's Translation Prize
- 3.15 Gleebooks Prize for Critical Writing
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The NSW Premier's Literary Awards were established in 1979 by the New South Wales Premier Neville Wran. Commenting on its purpose, Wran said: "We want the arts to take, and be seen to take, their proper place in our social priorities. If governments treat writers and artists with respect and understanding, the community will be more likely to do the same." They were the first set of premier's awards offered in Australia.
The awards were not presented in 1998.
The winners of most of the prizes and awards are decided by a judging panel, with no input from Arts NSW or the NSW Government. The names of each year's judges are not announced until the final winners are decided. The judging has been the subject of controversy in the past, when in 2010, the panel decided not to bestow the Play Award on any of the applicants.
In November 2011, the NSW Government announced a review of the Premier's Literary Awards for 2012. An independent panel, chaired by journalist Gerard Henderson, reviewed both the Literary and the Premier's History Awards, focussed on the governance, selection criteria and judging processes. Following the review, the Awards are managed by the State Library of NSW, in association with Arts NSW.
The following prizes and awards are currently given in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.
- Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
- Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
- Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
- Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
- Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature
- Community Relations Commission Award (formerly known as the Ethnic Affairs Commission Award)
- UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
- Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting (formerly the Play Award)
- Script Writing Award (formerly the separate Film, Television and Radio Writing Awards)
- NSW Premier's Prize for Literary Scholarship
- People's Choice Award
- Special Award
- NSW Premier's Translation Prize
- Gleebooks Prize (currently inactive)
Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
The Christina Stead Prize is awarded for a work of fiction that may be either a novel or a collection of stories. The recipient currently receives a A$40,000 prize. It is named in honor of Christina Stead, an Australian novelist and short-story writer. The first recipient was David Malouf, who was awarded the Prize for his novella An Imaginary Life in 1979. The most recent recipient was Kim Scott, who won the Prize for That Deadman Dance. Novelist Peter Carey, with three wins, has won the Prize more than any other author.
Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
The Douglas Stewart Prize is awarded for a prose work that is not fiction. The recipient currently receives a A$40,000 prize. It is named in honor of Douglas Stewart, a noted Australian literary editor. The first recipient was Manning Clark, who was awarded the Prize for the fourth volume in his series A History of Australia in 1979. The most recent recipient was Mark McKenna, for An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark. Drusilla Modjeska, with three wins, has won the Prize more than any other individual.
|1979||A History of Australia Volume IV||Manning Clark||Melbourne University Press|
|1980||Barwick||David Marr||Allen & Unwin|
|1981||A Fortunate Life||A.B. Facey||Fremantle Arts Centre Press|
|1982||Rebels and Precursors||Richard Haese||Allen Lane|
|1983||Robert J. Hawke||Blanche d'Alpuget||Schwartz|
|1984||The Archibald Paradox||Sylvia Lawson||Allen Lane|
|1985||The Moon Man||Elsie Webster||Melbourne University Press|
|1986||A Paper Prince||George Munster||Viking/Penguin Books Australia|
|The Kurnai of Gippsland, Volume One||Phillip Pepper with Tess De Araugo||Hyland House Publishing|
|1987||The Irish In Australia||Patrick O'Farrell||University of New South Wales Press|
|1988||Louisa||Brian Matthews||McPhee Gribble|
|1989||His Mother's Country||Maslyn Williams||Melbourne University Press|
|1990||The Snowy||Siobhan McHugh||William Heinemann Australia|
|1991||Sitting In||Barry Hill||William Heinemann Australia|
|Poppy||Drusilla Modjeska||McPhee Gribble|
|1992||Patrick White||David Marr||Random Century Australia|
|1993||Robert Menzies Forgotten People||Judith Brett||Pan Macmillan Australia|
|Put Your Whole Self In||Meme McDonald||Penguin Books Australia|
|1994||Australia's Spies and Their Secrets||David McKnight||Allen & Unwin|
|The Scandalous Penton||Patrick Buckridge||University of Queensland Press|
|1995||The Orchard||Drusilla Modjeska||Pan Macmillan Australia|
|1996||Hunters and Collectors: The Antiquarian Imagination in Australia||Tom Griffiths||Cambridge University Press|
|1997||The Europeans in Australia: A History, Volume One||Alan Atkinson||Oxford University Press|
|1999||H M Bark Endeavour||Ray Parkin||Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Press|
|2000||Stravinsky's Lunch||Drusilla Modjeska||Picador/Pan Macmillan Australia|
|2001||Craft for a Dry Lake||Kim Mahood||Transworld/ Random House Australia|
|2002||The Poison Principle||Gail Bell||Pan Macmillan Australia|
|2003||Looking for Blackfellas' Point: An Australian History of Place||Mark McKenna||University of New South Wales Press|
|2004||Dancing with Strangers||Inga Clendinnen||Text Publishing|
|2005||The Idea of Home: autobiographical essays||John Hughes||Giramondo Publishing|
|2006||East of Time||Jacob G. Rosenberg||Brandl & Schlesinger|
|2007||Things I Didn't Know: a Memoir||Robert Hughes||Random House Australia|
|2008||Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica||Tom Griffiths||University of New South Wales Press|
|2009||The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island||Chloe Hooper||Penguin Australia|
|2010||Kill Khalid: Mossad's failed hit ... and the rise of Hamas||Paul McGeough||Allen & Unwin|
|2011||Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs||Malcolm Fraser and Margaret Simons||Melbourne University Publishing|
|2012||An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark||Mark McKenna||Miegunyah, MUP|
|2013||The Office: A Hard Working History||Gideon Haigh||Miegunyah |
|2014||Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir||Kristina Olsson||University of Queensland Press|
|Rendezvous with Destiny||Michael Fullilove||Penguin Group (Australia)|
|2015||The Bush||Don Watson||Penguin Books Australia|
|2016||Reckoning: A Memoir||Magda Szubanski||Text Publishing|
Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
The Kenneth Slessor Prize is awarded for a book of poetry, whether collected poems or a single poem of some length, and was first awarded in 1980. The recipient currently receives a A$30,000 prize. It is named in honor of Kenneth Slessor, a noted Australian poet and journalist. The first recipient was David Campbell, who won the Prize posthumously. In 2011, NSW poet Jennifer Maiden became the only individual to win the award three times. The latest recipient was Gig Ryan in 2012.
|1980||Man in the Honeysuckle||David Campbell||Angus & Robertson|
|1981||Astral Sea||Alan Gould||Angus & Robertson|
|1982||Kaddish and Other Poems||Fay Zwicky||University of Queensland Press|
|1983||Tide Country||Vivian Smith||Angus & Robertson|
|1984||The People's Other World||Les A. Murray||Angus & Robertson|
|1985||Your Shadow||Kevin Hart||Angus & Robertson|
|1986||Selected Poems 1963-83||Robert Gray||Angus & Robertson|
|1987||Blood and Bone||Philip Hodgins||Angus & Robertson|
|1988||The Domesticity of Giraffes||Judith Beveridge||Black Lightning Press|
|1989||Under Berlin||John Tranter||University of Queensland Press|
|1990||The Clean Dark||Robert Adamson||Paper Bark Press|
|1991||The Winter Baby||Jennifer Maiden||Collins Angus & Robertson|
|1992||Selected Poems||Elizabeth Riddell||Collins Angus & Robertson|
|1993||Translations from the Natural World||Les A. Murray||Isabella Press|
|1994||Ghosting William Buckley||Barry Hill||William Heinemann Australia|
|1995||Coming Home From the World||Peter Boyle||Five Islands Press|
|1996||Weeping for Lost Babylon||Eric Beach||HarperCollins Publishers|
|Selected Poems||J. S. Harry||Penguin Books Australia|
|1997||The Viewfinder||Anthony Lawrence||University of Queensland Press|
|1999||Race Against Time||Lee Cataldi||Penguin Books Australia|
|2000||Mines||Jennifer Maiden||Paper Bark Press / Australian Humanities Research Foundation|
|2001||Africa||Ken Taylor||Five Islands Press|
|2002||The Lovemakers||Alan Wearne||Penguin Books Australia|
|2003||Screens Jets Heaven: New and Selected Poems||Jill Jones||Salt Publishing|
|2004||Dear Deliria: New & Selected Poems||Pam Brown||Salt Publishing|
|2005||Smoke Encrypted Whispers||Samuel Wagan Watson||University of Queensland Press|
|2006||Latecomers||Jaya Savige||University of Queensland Press|
|2007||Urban Myths:210 Poems||John Tranter||University of Queensland Press|
|2008||Two Kinds of Silence||Kathryn Lomer||University of Queensland Press|
|2009||Man Wolf Man||L. K. Holt||John Leonard Press|
|2010||the sonnet according to ‘m’||Jordie Albiston||John Leonard Press|
|2011||Pirate Rain||Jennifer Maiden||Giramondo Publishing|
|2012||New and Selected Poems||Gig Ryan||Giramondo Publishing|
|2013||Ruby Moonlight||Ali Cobby‐Eckermann||Magabala Books |
|2014||Novelties||Fiona Hile||Hunter |
|2015||Earth Hour||David Malouf||University of Queensland Press|
|2016||Brush||Joanne Burns||Giramondo Poets|
Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
The Ethel Turner Prize is awarded for work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for young people of secondary school level. The recipient currently receives a A$30,000 prize. It is named in honor of Ethel Turner, author of the children's classic, Seven Little Australians.
The Children's Literature section of the Premier's Literary Awards began as a single award in 1979, but was redefined in 1999 to create the Patricia Wrightson Prize (for writing for a primary school audience) and the Ethel Turner Prize (for a secondary school audience). The Ethel Turner Award was also given to all previous winners in the Children's Literature section. The Prize was first won, jointly, by Patricia Wrightson and Jenny Wagner in 1979. The most recent recipient was writer and part-time teacher Cath Crowley, for the young adult novel, Graffiti Moon. Australian author Ursula Dubosarsky is the most awarded recipient of the Prize, having won it three times.
|1979||John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat||Jenny Wagner||Kestrel Books|
|The Dark Bright Water||Patricia Wrightson (Special Children's book)||Atheneum Books, New York|
|1980||Mr Archimedes' Bath||Pamela Allen||William Collins|
|Land of the Rainbow Snake||Catherine Berndt (Special Children's book)||William Collins|
|1981||When the Wind Changed||Ruth Park and Deborah Niland||William Collins|
|Seventh Pebble||Eleanor Spence||Oxford University Press|
|1982||Whistle Up the Chimney||Nan Hunt and Craig Smith||William Collins|
|1983||Who Sank the Boat?||Pamela Allen||Nelson|
|Five Times Dizzy||Nadia Wheatley (Special children's book)||Oxford University Press|
|1984||Possum Magic||Mem Fox and Julie Vivas||Omnibus Books|
|1985||The House That was Eureka||Nadia Wheatley||Viking/Kestrel|
|1986||The True Story of Spit MacPhee||James Aldridge||Viking/Penguin Books Australia|
|1987||A Rabbit Named Harris||Nan Hunt and Betina Ogden||William Collins|
|1988||Answers to Brut||Gillian Rubinstein||Omnibus Books|
|1989||You Take the High Road||Mary Pershall||Penguin Books Australia|
|1990||The Blue Chameleon||Katherine Scholes||Hill of Content Publishing|
|1991||Strange Objects||Gary Crew||William Heinemann Australia|
|1992||All in the Blue Unclouded Weather||Robin Klein||Penguin Books Australia|
|1993||Tjarany Roughtail||Gracie Greene, Lucille Gill and Joe Tramacchi||Magabala Books|
|1994||The White Guinea Pig||Ursula Dubosarsky||Penguin Books Australia|
|1995||Mr Enigmatic||Jenny Pausacker||Reed for Kids|
|1996||Johnny Hart's Heroes||David Metzenthen||Penguin Books Australia|
|1997||The Two Bullies||Junko Morimoto||Random House Australia|
|1999||The Divine Wind||Garry Disher||Hodder Headline Australia|
|2000||The Binna-Binna Man||Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor||Allen & Unwin|
|2001||Feeling Sorry for Celia||Jaclyn Moriarty||Pan Macmillan Australia|
|2002||Soldier Boy: The True Story of Jim Martin, the Youngest Anzac||Anthony Hill||Penguin Books Australia|
|2003||The Messenger||Markus Zusak||Pan Macmillan Australia|
|2004||Boys of Blood and Bone||David Metzenthen||Penguin Books Australia|
|2005||By the River||Steven Herrick||Allen & Unwin|
|2006||Theodora's Gift||Ursula Dubosarsky||Penguin Group Australia|
|2007||The Red Shoe||Ursula Dubosarsky||Allen & Unwin|
|2008||Town||James Roy||University of Queensland Press|
|2009||A Brief History of Montmaray||Michelle Cooper||Random House Australia|
|2010||When the Hipchicks Went to War||Pamela Rushby||Hachette Australia|
|2011||Graffiti Moon||Cath Crowley||Pan Macmillan Australia|
|2012||Only Ever Always||Penni Russon||Allen & Unwin|
|2013||A Corner of White||Jaclyn Moriarty||Pan Macmillan Australia |
|2014||Zac and Mia||AJ Betts||Text Press|
|2015||The Cracks in the Kingdom||Jaclyn Moriarty||Pan Macmillan Australia|
|2016||Laurinda||Alice Pung||Black Inc.|
Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature
The Patricia Wrightson Prize is awarded for work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for children up to secondary school level. The recipient currently receives a A$30,000 prize.
The Children's Literature section of the Premier's Literary Awards began as a single award in 1979, but was redefined in 1999 to create the Patricia Wrightson Prize (for writing for a primary school audience) and the Ethel Turner Prize (for a secondary school audience). The Patricia Wrightson Prize was created in honour of children's author Patricia Wrightson, who won the first Ethel Turner Prize in 1979. The first recipient was Odo Hirsch, for his debut children's book, Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman. The most recent recipient was Aaron Blabey, author of The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon. No individual has won the Prize more than once.
|1999||Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman||Odo Hirsch||Allen & Unwin|
|2000||The Spangled Drongo||Steven Herrick||University of Queensland Press|
|2001||Fox||Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks (illus.)||Allen & Unwin|
|2002||The Red Tree||Shaun Tan||Lothian Books|
|2003||Where in the World||Simon French||Little Hare Books|
|2004||Night Singing||Kierin Meehan||Penguin Books Australia|
|2005||Farm Kid||Sherryl Clark||Penguin Books Australia|
|2006||In the Monkey Forest||Kierin Meehan||Penguin Books Australia|
|2007||Home||Narelle Oliver||Omnibus Books|
|2008||The Peasant Prince||Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas (illus.)||Penguin Books Australia|
|2009||The Word Spy||Ursula Dubosarsky and Tohby Riddle||Penguin Books Australia|
|2010||Krakatoa Lighthouse||Allan Baillie||Penguin Books Australia|
|2011||My Australian Story: The Hunt for Ned Kelly||Sophie Masson||Scholastic Australia|
|2012||Crow Country||Kate Constable||Allen & Unwin|
|2013||The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon||Aaron Blabey||Penguin Books Australia |
|2014||The Girl Who Brought Mischief||Katrina Nannestad||HarperCollins Publishers|
|2015||Crossing||Catherine Norton||Omnibus/Scholastic Australia|
|Figgy in the World||Tamsin Janu||Omnibus/Scholastic Australia|
|2016||Teacup||Rebecca Young & Matt Ottley||Scholastic Australia|
Community Relations Commission Award
The Community Relations Commission Award was first established in 1980, when it was known as the Ethnic Affairs Commission Award. It is awarded for works that have made a significant contribution in their portrayal of Australian immigration and the migrant settlement experience. The Award can be given to the writer of a book, play, musical or script and the winner currently receives a A$15,000 prize from the Community Relations Commission. The first recipient was Stephanie Lindsay Thompson, for her work Australia Through Italian Eyes, which was a study of settlers returning from Australia to Italy. The most recent recipient (2013) was Tim Soutphommasane for his book, Don't Go Back to Where You Came From. No individual has won the Award more than once.
|1980||Australia through Italian Eyes||Stephanie Lindsay Thompson||Oxford University Press|
|1981||For the Patriarch||Angelo Loukakis||University of Queensland Press|
|1982||The Long Farewell||Don Charlwood||Allen Lane|
|1983||Faith of Our Fathers||Spiro Zavos||University of Queensland Press|
|1984||A Universe of Clowns||Serge Liberman||Phoenix Publications|
|1985||Oh Lucky Country||Rosa Cappiello||University of Queensland Press|
|1986||No Snow In December||Maria Lewitt||Heinemann Publishers|
|1987||Dreamtime Nightmares||Bill Rosser||Penguin Books Australia|
|1991||Jewels and Ashes||Arnold Zable||Scribe Publications|
|1992||Inside Outside||Andrew Riemer||HarperCollins Angus & Robertson|
|1993||The Crocodile Fury||Beth Yahp||HarperCollins Angus & Robertson|
|1994||Aphrodite and the Others||Gillian Bouras||McPhee Gribble|
|1995||The First Book of Samuel||Ursula Dubosarsky||Penguin Books Australia|
|1996||Caravanserai||Hanifa Deen||Allen & Unwin|
|1997||The Fiftieth Gate||Mark Raphael Baker||HarperCollins Australia|
|1999||Mortal Divide: the Autobiography of Yiorgos Alexandroglou||George Alexander||Brandl & Schlesinger|
|2000||The Binna-Binna Man||Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor||Allen & Unwin|
|2001||Rabbit-Proof Fence||Christine Olsen||Jabal Films|
|2002||Visits Home: Migration Experiences between Italy and Australia||Loretta Baldassar||Melbourne University Press|
|2003||Secrets and Spies: The Harbin Files||Mara Moustafine||Random House Australia|
|2004||Against Paranoid Nationalism: Searching for Hope in a Shrinking Society||Ghassan Hage||Pluto Press Australia|
|2005||A Certain Maritime Incident: the sinking of SIEV X||Tony Kevin||Scribe Publications|
|2006||The Secret River||Kate Grenville||Text Publishing|
|2007||The Arrival||Shaun Tan||Hachette Livre Australia|
|2008||Sunrise West||Jacob G. Rosenberg||Brandl & Schlesinger|
|2009||Destination Australia: migration to Australia since 1901||Eric Richards||UNSW Press|
|2010||Leave to Remain: A Memoir||Abbas El-Zein||Penguin Books Australia|
|2011||The English Class||Ouyang Yu||Transit Lounge Publishing|
|2012||Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Viennese Family||Tim Bonyhady||Allen & Unwin|
|2013||Don't Go Back to Where You Came From||Tim Soutphommasane||New South Publishing |
|2014||Questions of Travel||Michelle de Kretser||Allen & Unwin|
|2015||The Secret River||Andrew Bovell||Currency Press|
UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
The UTS Glenda Adams Award (originally the UTS Award for New Writing) is given for a published book of fiction by an author who has not previously published a work of fiction that is booklength. It was established in 2005, and the winner currently receives a A$5,000 prize from the University of Technology, Sydney. The first recipient was Denise Young, and the most recent recipient was Rohan Wilson for his novel, The Roving Party. No individual has won the Award more than once. The award renamed in 2008 to honour Glenda Adams, the late Australian novelist.
|2005||The Last Ride||Denise Young||HarperCollins Australia|
|2006||An Accidental Terrorist||Steven Lang||University of Queensland Press|
|2007||Swallow the Air||Tara June Winch||University of Queensland Press|
|2009||Feather Man||Rhyll McMaster||Brandl & Schlesinger|
|2009||The Boat||Nam Le||Penguin Books Australia|
|2010||Document Z||Andrew Croome||Allen & Unwin|
|2011||Traitor||Stephen Daisley||Text Publishing|
|2012||The Roving Party||Rohan Wilson||Allen & Unwin|
|2013||The Last Thread||Michael Sala||Affirm Press |
|2014||The Night Guest||Fiona McFarlane||Penguin Group (Australia)|
|2015||An Elegant Young Man||Luke Carman||Giramondo Publishing|
|2016||An Astronaut’s Life||Sonja Dechian||Text Publishing|
Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
The Play Award, established in 1983, is given to a play or musical which has been produced in Australia. The winner is chosen based purely on the merit of the written text, and they currently receive a A$30,000 prize. The award was first given to playwright Nicholas Enright and composer Terence Clarke for the musical Variations. Writers Daniel Keene and Stephen Sewell have each won the Award three times.
In 2010, the judges decided not to shortlist any plays for the Award, instead bestowing a $30,000 grant for new playwrights. Their decision was widely criticised by many of Australia's most experienced playwrights. Gil Appleton, head of the judging panel, called for all future judges to see a performance of the play rather than judging the work on the script alone.
|1983||Variations||Nicholas Enright and Terence Clarke|
|1984||Down an Alley Filled with Cats||Warwick Moss|
|1985||The Blind Giant is Dancing||Stephen Sewell|
|1987||Blood Relations||David Malouf|
|1988||The Rivers of China||Alma De Groen|
|1991||Hotel Sorrento||Hannie Rayson|
|1993||Dead Heart||Nicholas Parsons|
|1994||Sex Diary of an Infidel||Michael Gurr|
|1995||Sweet Phoebe||Michael Gow|
|Falling From Grace||Hannie Rayson|
|1996||The Shoe-Horn Sonata||John Misto|
|1999||Box the Pony||Scott Rankin and Leah Purcell|
|2000||Scissors, Paper, Rock||Daniel Keene|
|2001||Milo's Wake||Margery Forde and Michael Forde|
|2002||Miss Tanaka||John Romeril|
|2003||Half & Half||Daniel Keene|
|2004||Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America||Stephen Sewell|
|2006||Strangers in Between||Tommy Murphy|
|2007||Holding the Man||Tommy Murphy, adapted from the book by Timothy Conigrave|
|2008||Stories in the Dark||Debra Oswald|
|2009||The Serpent's Teeth||Daniel Keene|
|2011||Do Not Go Gentle||Patricia Cornelius|
|2012||Porn, Cake||Vanessa Bates|
|2012||The Gift||Joanna Murray-Smith|
|2013||The Damned||Reg Cribb |
|2015||Black Diggers||Tom Wright|
|2016||The Bleeding Tree||Angus Cerini|
Betty Rowland Prize for Script Writing
In 1984, the Film Writing Award and the Television Writing Award were established, followed by the Radio Writing Award in 1988. In 1990, these three awards were amalgamated into the Script Writing Award. It is given for the script of a film, radio program or television program, which may be fiction or a documentary. The winner is chosen based purely on the merit of the written text, and they currently receive a A$30,000 prize. The award was first given jointly to the film scripts for Sweetie and An Angel at My Table. The most recent recipient was Debra Oswald for the screenplay of Offspring, a television pilot shot for Network Ten. Directors Jane Campion and Rolf de Heer have each won the Award twice.
NSW Premier's Prize for Literary Scholarship
Awarded biennially, the Prize for Literary Scholarship is made to a book, CD-ROM or DVD which presents an original perspective on one or more published works. The winner currently receives a A$30,000 prize. It will next be awarded in 2012.
|2004||Broken Song: T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession||Barry Hill|
|2006||Postcolonial Conrad: Paradoxes of Empire||Terry Collits|
|2008||Samuel Taylor Coleridge: a Literary Life||William Christie|
|2010||Networked Language: Culture and History in Australian Poetry||Philip Mead|
People's Choice Award
This award was established in 2009 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the awards. The Award is based on votes by New South Wales residents from the works shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for fiction. The award was first won by Steve Toltz for his novel, A Fraction of the Whole.
|2009||A Fraction of the Whole||Steve Toltz|
|2010||The World Beneath||Cate Kennedy|
|2012||Five Bells||Gail Jones|
|2013||Animal People||Charlotte Wood |
|2014||The Railwayman's Wife||Ashley Hay|
Book of the Year
|1992||Selected Poems||Elizabeth Riddell||Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry|
|1993||Tjarany Roughtail||Gracie Green, Lucille Gill and Joe Tramacchi||Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature|
|1994||Seasonal Adjustments||Adib Khan||Christina Stead Prize for Fiction|
|1995||The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia||David Horton||Special Award|
|1996||Hunters and Collectors: The Antiquarian Imagination in Australia||Tom Griffiths||Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction|
|1997||The Drowner||Robert Drewe||Christina Stead Prize for Fiction|
|1999||H M Bark Endeavour||Ray Parkin||Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction|
|2000||The Binna-Binna Man||Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor||Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature|
|2001||Broken Circles: Fragmenting Indigenous Families 1800-2000||Anna Haebich||Gleebooks Prize|
|2002||The Lovemakers||Alan Wearne||Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry|
|2003||Looking for Blackfellas' Point: An Australian History of Place||Mark McKenna||Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction|
|2004||Shanghai Dancing||Brian Castro||Christina Stead Prize for Fiction|
|2005||Smoke Encrypted Whispers||Samuel Wagan Watson||Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry|
|2007||The Arrival||Shaun Tan||Community Relations Commission Award|
|2008||The Lost Dog||Michelle de Kretser||Christina Stead Prize for Fiction|
|2009||The Boat||Nam Le||UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing|
|2010||Kill Khalid: Mossad's failed hit ... and the rise of Hamas||Paul McGeough||Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction|
|2011||Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs||Malcolm Fraser and Margaret Simons||Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction|
|2012||That Deadman Dance||Kim Scott||Christina Stead Prize for Fiction|
|2013||Ruby Moonlight||Ali Cobby‐Eckermann||Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry |
|2014||Questions of Travel||Michelle de Kretser||Allen & Unwin|
|2015||The Bush||Don Watson||Penguin Books Australia|
The Special Award can be proposed by the judges for a work that doesn't easily fit into the existing prizes, or as a general recognition of a writer's achievements. The Award winner usually receives A$20,000.
|1986||William H. Wilde, Joy Hooton, Barry Andrews for The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, Oxford University Press|
|1987||Glenda Adams for Dancing on Coral, Angus & Robertson|
|1991||Bill Neskovski, Judith Wright|
|1995||David Horton for The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, Aboriginal Studies Press|
|2005||Ruby Langford Ginibi|
|2009||Katharine Brisbane AM|
|2010||The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature|
|2013||David Ireland AM |
|2014||Rodney Hall OAM |
|2015||David Williamson AO|
NSW Premier's Translation Prize
Awarded biennially, the Translation Prize is offered to Australian translators who translate works into English from other languages. The winner currently receives a A$30,000 prize. It will next be awarded in 2017.
|2013||Peter Boyle |
Gleebooks Prize for Critical Writing
The Gleebooks Prize was established in 1995 and was offered for Australian critical writing. The winner received a A$10,000 prize. It was last awarded in 2009 to David Love and its current status is unknown.
|1995||Volatile Bodies, Towards a Corporeal Feminism||Elizabeth Grosz|
|1996||Artful Histories: Modern Australian Autobiography||David McCooey|
|1997||Love and Freedom: Professional Women and the Reshaping of Personal Life||Alison Mackinnon|
|1999||Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World that Is, Was and Will Be||Diane Bell|
|2000||Reading the Holocaust||Inga Clendinnen|
|2001||Broken Circles: Fragmenting Indigenous Families 1800-2000||Anna Haebich|
|2002||Borderline: Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers||Peter Mares|
|2003||How Simone de Beauvoir Died in Australia||Sylvia Lawson|
|2004||The Artificial Horizon: Imagining the Blue Mountains||Martin Thomas|
|2005||Blackfellas Whitefellas and the Hidden Injuries of Race||Gillian Cowlishaw|
|2006||The Weather Makers: the History and Future Impact of Climate Change||Tim Flannery|
|2007||Asbestos House: the Secret History of James Hardie Industries||Gideon Haigh|
|2008||Race and the Crisis of Humanism||Kay Anderson|
|2009||Unfinished Business: Paul Keating's interrupted revolution||David Love|
- "About the Awards". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Neville Wran". Arts NSW. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
- Marc McEvoy (13 April 2010). "Playlist for judges in search of a premier shortlist". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Recognising Literary and History Excellence". Arts NSW. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "The NSW Premier's Literary Awards & NSW Premier's History Awards". Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- "The Christina Stead Prize for Fiction". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Winners of the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 1979-2010" (PDF). NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Winners announced for 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards" (PDF) (Press release). State Library of New South Wales. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- "Winners 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards announced TONIGHT". State Library of NSW. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- "2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards". State Library of NSW. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- "2016 - CHRISTINA STEAD PRIZE FOR FICTION". NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Winners". Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- "2016 - DOUGLAS STEWART PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION". NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "2016 - KENNETH SLESSOR PRIZE FOR POETRY". NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. Cite error: Invalid
<ref>tag; name "ethelturnerprize" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
- "New South Wales Premier's Literary Award: the Patricia Wrightson and Ethel Turner awards". Children's and Young Adult Literature. LaTrobe University. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- "2016 - ETHEL TURNER PRIZE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE". NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books Subcategory of New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards". AustLit. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- "2016 - PATRICIA WRIGHTSON PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE". NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Community Relations Commission Award". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Winners". Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- "Message from the Minister". Arts NSW. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
- "2016 - UTS GLENDA ADAMS AWARD FOR NEW WRITING". NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Play Award". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Bryce Hallett (17 May 2010). "Playwrights snubbed by award judges". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "2015 - NICK ENRIGHT PRIZE FOR PLAYWRITING". NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/2016-nick-enright-prize-playwriting". NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016. External link in
- "Script Writing Award". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "2015 - BETTY ROLAND PRIZE FOR SCRIPTWRITING". NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "2016 - BETTY ROLAND PRIZE FOR SCRIPTWRITING". NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS. State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "NSW Premier's Prize for Literary Scholarship". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "People's Choice Award". Pla.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
- "First time author wins big at NSW Literary Awards, ABC News Online, 19 May 2009". Abc.net.au. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
- "Book of the Year". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Special Award". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "New South Wales Premier's Translation Prize". NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Gleebooks Prize" (PDF). NSW Premier's Literary Awards. 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2012.