Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

The Mark and Evette Moran Nib annual literary award presented by Waverley Council with support from Mark & Evette Moran celebrates excellence in research and writing in Australia with a prize pool valued at $30,000.

2019 Winners Announced!

We're thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, which celebrates excellence in research and writing in Australia. The 2019 winners across four categories are:

Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award ($20,000)

Nadia Wheatley - Her Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir

Nib Military History Prize ($3000)

John Devitt and Larry Writer - Cecil Healy: A Biography

Nib People’s Choice Prize ($1000)

Alice Gorman - Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the future

Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize (six prizes of $1000 each)

Alice Gorman - Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the future
Mary Hoban - An Unconventional Wife; the life of Julia Sorell Arnold
Chloe Hooper - The Arsonist
Lee Kofman - Imperfect
Geoff Lemon - Steve Smith's Men: Behind Australian Cricket's Fall
Nadia Wheatley - Her Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir

2019 longlist

  • An Unconventional Wife: The life of Julia Sorell Arnold – Mary Hoban (Scribe)
  • Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become - Lee Kofman (Affirm)
  • Reasonable Doubt: Spies, Police and the Croatian Six - Hamish McDonald
  • A Spanner in the works: The extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and Australia's first all-girl garage - Loretta Smith (Hachette)
  • Honeysuckle Creek: The Story of Tom Reid, a little dish and Neil Armstrong's first step - Andrew Tink (NewSouth Books)
  • No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison - Behrouz Boochani (Pan Macmillan)
  • City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest — Sophie Cunningham (Text)
  • The World was Whole — Fiona Wright (Giramondo)
  • Her Mother’s Daughter: A memoir— Nadia Wheatley (Text)
  • The Arsonist — Chloe Hooper (Penguin)
  • Troll Hunting— Ginger Gorman (Hardie Grant)
  • What Will Be Worn: A McWhirters story — Melissa Fagan (Transit Lounge)
  • King of the Air - Ann Blainey (Black Inc)
  • Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the future - Alice Gorman (NewSouth Books)
  • Steve Smith’s Men - Geoff Lemon (Hardie Grant)
  • Books that saved my life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure - Michael McGirr (Text)
  • Exploded View - Carrie Tiffany (Text)

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, Gertrude and Alice Bookshop and Cafe and Bondi Junction, North Bondi and Rose Bay RSL Sub-Branches.

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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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