Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

The Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award presented by Waverley Council with support from Principal Sponsors Mark and Evette Moran, celebrates excellence in research and writing in Australia. It is the only major national literary award of its kind presented by a local council.

2021 Nominations open

Waverley Council is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award. In 2021, The Nib celebrates its 20th anniversary with a continued legacy of judging works against a specific award criterion of excellence in research, high level of literary merit, readability and value to the community.

A total of $28,500 in prize money will be awarded across three categories:

  1. Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award ($20,000 prize)
  2. Alex Buzo Nib Shortlist Prize (6 x $1,000 prizes)
  3. Nib People’s Choice Prize ($2,500 prize)

All Australian writers (and their publishers) are invited nominate a published work/s of any genre. Titles first published between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021 are eligible for this year’s award program.

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Nomination Guidelines

Nominations close Monday 14 June 2021.

Seeking new Nib Award Judge

Waverley Council invites experienced and  emerging writers, literary critics, and publishing industry  professionals to submit an Expression of  Interest (EOI) to join the Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award Judging Panel for a two-year tenure (May 2021- November 2022).

The Nib Award is Waverley Council's annual celebration of the best in Australia research and writing. Celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year, the Nib is excited to present a total prize offering of $28,500.

Waverley Council encourages application from people from diverse groups.

For more information including details of Judges' honorarium please see here.

Submit EOI

Submissions close 3 May 2021. Enquiries nibaward@waverley.nsw.gov.au

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2020 Award Presentation

Watch the winners interview and the judges report here.

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About the Award

The Mark & 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.


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Send award program inquiries to nibaward@waverley.nsw.gov.au

Media inquiries: media@waverley.nsw.gov.au or 0416 075 532

The Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award is administered and presented annually by Waverley Council with the generous support of Principal Sponsors Mark and Evette Moran and the ongoing commitment and assistance of our community partner Gertrude and Alice Bookshop and Café.

The Nib Award acknowledges the important role played by the Friends Of Waverley Library (FOWL) in the establishment and success of the award.

2020 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award Shortlist & Winners

Waverley Council is delighted to announce the 2020 winners: Congratulations to:

Fathoms       


Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award ($20,000) 
FATHOMS: The World In The Whale
by Rebecca Giggs (Scribe Publications)

The Deceptions       

Nib People's Choice Prize ($1,000)
The Deceptions
by Suzanne Leal (Allen & Unwin)


Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize ($1,000 each)
The Shortlist Prize is named in recognition of the distinguished author and playwright Alex Buzo, who was a Waverley resident and instrumental in the establishment of the Nib Award.

After the Count Fathoms The DeceptionsFriends and RivalsThe Hilton Bombing The Stranger Artist

  • Nothing New: A History of Second-hand, Robyn Annear (Text Publishing)
  • After the Count:The death of Davey Browne, Stephanie Convery (Penguin Books Australia)
  • Olive Cotton: A Life in Photography,
    Helen Ennis (Harper Collins Australia)
  • Fathoms: The World in the Whale,
    Rebecca Giggs (Scribe)
  • Benevolence, 
    Julie Janson (Magabala Books)
  • Displaced: A Rural Life, 
    John Kinsella (Transit Lounge)
  • The Deceptions,
    Suzanne Leal (Allen & Unwin)
  • Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing, David Lesser (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Joy of High Places,
    Patti Miller (New South Publishing)
  • The Trials of Portnoy,
    Patrick Mullins (Scribe)
  • Friends and Rivals,
    Brenda Niall (Text Publishing)
  • David Campbell: A Life of the Poet,
    Jonathan Persse
    (Australian Scholarly Publishing)
  • Truganni,
    Cassandra Pybus (Allen & Unwin)
  • Who Owns History?,
    Geoffrey Robertson
    (Penguin Books Australia)
  • Bruny, Heather Rose (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Hilton Bombing, Imre Salusinksy
    (Melbourne University Press)
  • The Stranger Artist
    Quentin Sprague (Hardie Grant Books)
  • Fake, Stephanie Wood
    (Penguin Books Australia)

Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award finalists and Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize winners will be announced on 1 September. The People's Choice Prize and major award winners will be announced on 12 November.

Since its inception, the Nib has distributed more than $400,000 directly to deserving Australian authors including previous winners Erik Jensen, Gideon Haigh, Clare Wright OAM and Nadia Wheatley. In 2020, the Nib has a total prize pool of $27,000 on offer across three categories including the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize (6x $1,000), Nib People’s Choice Prize ($1,000) and the Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award ($20,000). This year's long-listed titles now progress to the next round of judging and move closer to potentially sharing in total prize pool of $27,000. Winners are decided by an independent panel of three judges each of whom bring a wealth of experience from across the literary world.

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

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