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AWARDS NEWS – July-August 2021

Book awards highlight the calibre and excellence of published writing, and make it easy to select a worthy read.   Discover some absolute gems from recent announcements and get your own copy from your local independent bookshop.  To find your nearest bookseller, click HERE, or contact us and we will assist.


The 2021 Shortlist announced was announced 11 August 2021.  Winner announcements for Australian History Prize, Digital History Prize, General History Prize, NSW Community and Regional History Prize and Young People’s History Prize will be announced 3rd September.  Total prize money is $75000.

The NSW Premier’s History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievements in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents. Held annually, the awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians.  

For further details go to NSW Premier's History Awards | State Library of NSW


The National Biography Award, supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation, celebrates excellence in biography, autobiography and memoir writing.

With a prize pool of $42,000 it is the nation’s richest prize for Australian biographical writing and memoir. 

The Award was established in 1996 by Dr Geoffrey Cains and generously supported by the late Michael Crouch AC to encourage the highest standards of writing in biographical writing and to promote public interest in the genre.

To view the shortlist announced 6 August, and further details, go to National Biography Award | State Library of NSW.


Congratulations to Alice Boyle who has been selected as the winner of the $10,000 Text Prize for her YA novel Dancing Barefoot. Two writers, Ellie Casey and Emilie Morscheck, were chosen as recipients of the Steph Bowe Mentorship.

Discover all of the  shortlisted writers and their manuscripts – go to

Awarded annually to the best manuscript written for young readers, the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing aims to discover incredible new books by exciting authors. The prize has unearthed extraordinary, multi-award-winning books and launched international publishing careers. 


The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious recognition honouring published crime fiction and true crime writing.  The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards.  What are the standout selections from the last twelve months in Australian crime writing?  The categories are Best Crime Fiction, Best Debut Crime Fiction, Best True Crime and Best International Crime Fiction.  Shortlists for each category, announced 28 July 2021 can be found  Ned Kelly Awards — Australian Crime Writers Association (


The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. It is a prize that transforms the winner’s career.

The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the six shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a global readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales.

The 2021 Longlist of 13 tiles has been announced from 158 novels.  See the list here


Acclaimed Tasmanian author Amanda Lohrey has been awarded Australia’s prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel The Labyrinth, published by Text Publishing.

For the second time in the Award’s history, trustee Perpetual announced the winner via live stream, enabling literary enthusiasts across the nation to tune in and celebrate unique Australian literature.

Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author Miles Franklin, for the “advancement, improvement and betterment of Australian literature”, the Miles Franklin Literary Award recognises a novel of “the highest literary merit” that presents “Australian life in any of its phases”.

Seven-time novelist Ms Lohrey has appeared on the Miles Franklin longlist three times and on the shortlist twice, making this a well-deserved win. Ms Lohrey will receive $60,000 in prize money for The Labyrinth. She is the second Tasmanian author to be honoured with the Award in its 64-year history.

On winning the award, Ms Lohrey said, “It’s a tremendous honour to be associated with the remarkable Stella Miles Franklin, one of the great Australian mavericks.

“Awards like the Miles Franklin are so valuable because in attracting public attention they help Australian literature to flourish, and to compete with imported books. And that’s important because Australian literature is not an add on, a mere diversion, a sideshow to the main game. It sits at the heart of our national culture.”

Ms Lohrey now joins a group of distinguished and revered alumni of Miles Franklin prize winners, including last year’s winner Tara June Winch (for The Yield), and fellow Tasmanian, the late Christopher Koch (for The Doubleman, in 1985 and Highways to a War, in 1996).

The 2021 winner announcement was streamed live on 15 July at 4pm and can be viewed via the following link: