Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

The Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award presented by Waverley Council with support from Principal Sponsors Mark & 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.

Waverley Council is delighted to announce the longlist for the 2020 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award.

  • 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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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.

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