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 An opportunity for emerging children’s authors Are you an emerging children's author? We are delighted to offer this one-off opportunity. National Biography Award Annual Total prize money $42,000 Entries for the 2020 Award will open in December 2019. NSW Premier's History Awards Annual Total prize money $75,000 Entries for the 2020 Awards will open in February 2020 Shorstacks Short Film Festival Annual Total prize money $20,000 Entries open 20 November 2019 – 2 April 2020. NSW Premier's Literary Awards Annual Total prize money in 2020 $295,000 Entries have now closed The Russell Prize for Humour Writing Biennial, next presented in 2021 2019 winner: David Cohen 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) Ashurst Business Literature Prize Total prize money $30,000 The Ashurst Business Literature Prize will not be offered in 2020. Express your interest to become a judge Love reading? Get in touch with us. 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.