Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary 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.

Above image: 2017 Nib Award shortlisted authors at the Nib presentation breakfast. (L-R) David Dufty, Ashleigh Wilson, Neil McDonald, Kate Cole-Adams, Bruce Munday, Madeleine O'Dea, Sebastian Smee.

2018 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

In 2018, the award program is 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

Guidelines for entry in the 2018 Nib Award program will be available here from 2 May 2018.

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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; Friends of Waverley Library (FOWL), Gertrude and Alice Bookshop and Cafe, Wentworth Courier, Mark Moran Vaucluse 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.