Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

2019 Nominations open from Monday 8 April until Monday 3 June

2018 Winners announced. Click here for details.

2018 Award breakfast gallery

About the Award

The Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award is Waverley Council’s annual celebration of the best in Australian research and writing. Established in 2002 as The Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature, this prestigious prize has so far distributed around $350,000 directly to deserving Australian authors.

Entries are open to all Australian writers regardless of their experience, chosen subject matter or genre. Submitted works are judged against the specific award criteria of excellence in research, high level of literary merit, readability and value to the community. Winners are decided by an independent panel of three judges each of whom bring a wealth of experience from across the literary world.

In 2019 the award program will be made up of a suite of 9 prizes, awarded across 4 categories:

  • Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize (6 prizes) - $1,000 each
  • Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award (the major award) - $20,000
  • Nib Military History Prize – $3,000
  • Nib People’s Choice Prize - $1,000

Nib sponsors

The Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award is administered and presented annually by Waverley Council with the support of Principal Sponsors Mark and Evette Moran and the generous assistance of our community partners; Mark Moran Vaucluse, Friends of Waverley Library (FOWL), Gertrude and Alice Bookshop and Cafe and Bondi Junction, North Bondi, and Rose Bay RSL Sub-Branches. The Nib Award is proud to continue our association with the St Albans Writers Festival.

Nib Presents 2019 events

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Clare Wright (Stella and Nib winner 2014)

19th Feb 2019

Join Clare Wright in conversation with Suzanne Leal to discuss her new work You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World which brings to life a time when Australian democracy was the envy of the world.  Bookings essential.  Click here to book and for further details.


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Richard Glover, The Land Before Avocado

14th Apr 2019

Join author and ABC radio announcer Richard Glover to discuss his new book The Land Before Avocado. 
Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It’s a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and, now and then, surprisingly appealing.
Bookings essential.  Click here to book, and for further details.


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For further information or details about sponsorship opportunities please contact:
The Nib Award Producer
Email: nibaward@waverley.nsw.gov.au

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