Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

2018 Winners announced. Click here for details.

L-R: Relatively Famous, Roger Averill (Transit Lounge). Call of The Reed Warbler, Charles Massy (The University of Queensland Press). The Dead Still Cry Out,Helen Lewis (Text Publishing). Eggshell Skull,Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin).The Suitcase Baby,  Tanya Bretherton (Hachette Australia). The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing).

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 2018, the award program was 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

You can view a list of the winners here.

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.

Above image: 2018 Nib Award shortlisted authors with Mayor of Waverley John Wakefield at the Mark & Evette Moran Nib Award presentation breakfast on 22 November 2018.


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