Awards The Library’s vibrant awards program continues to bring together writers and readers to celebrate and promote excellence in literature and history. Contact us for more information. Sign up to Receive the Awards newsletter NSW Premier's Literary Awards Annual Total prize money in 2019 is up to $305,000. The Russell Prize for Humour Writing Biennial Ashurst Business Literature Prize Annual Total prize money $30,000. Shortlist announced. The winner will be announced on 15 May 2019. Shortstacks Inaugural prize. Total prize money $20,000. Entries open until Monday 29 April 2019. National Biography Award Annual Total prize money $42,000. Entries have closed. NSW Premier's History Awards Annual Total prize money $75,000. Entries have closed. 2018 Mona Brand Award Winners Biennial - next presented in 2020. Total prize money $40,000. 2018 winners: Lucy Knox (Emerging Writer), Patricia Cornelius (Mona Brand Award Winner) Honours of the Library Council of New South Wales These honours recognise distinguished individuals who contribute to the cultural enrichment of Australia. Awards in association with the State Library of NSW Miles Franklin Award Annual award of $60,000. Nita B. Kibble Literary Awards Biennial award of $30,000. Dobbie Literary Award Biennial award of $5,000.