Entries open for the prestigious Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

08 April 2019 | Media Release

8 April 2019

Nominations opened on Monday 8 April for the prestigious Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, Waverley Council’s annual celebration of the best in Australian research and writing.

The Nib awards a prize pool of $30,000 across four categories and is the only major national literary award presented by a local council.

Now in its 18th year, the Nib has distributed around $400,000 to deserving Australian authors since its inception.

The Nib recognises and celebrates quality research and writing across the country and encourages both emerging and established writers to submit works across all genres and subjects.

Entries are judged on quality research, literary merit, readability and value to the community.

Mayor of Waverley, John Wakefield, said the importance of the award is evident in the diverse scope of works shortlisted each year. “Our winning authors inspire and fascinate readers by providing a unique lens of the world. Each has grappled with enduring and universal themes and examine the nature of humans and relationships. Each year, the judges have a difficult decision to make due to the high calibre of entries we receive.”

Previous winners across categories have included Helen Garner, Erik Jensen, Gideon Haigh, Mark Dapin, Helen Lewis and Bri Lee.

The award categories include:

  • Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award- $20,000
  • Nib Military History Prize- $3000
  • Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize- six prizes of $1000 each
  • Nib People’s Choice Prize- $1000

Titles first published between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 are eligible for this year’s award program.

Full nomination guidelines and submission details: www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/nib. Nominations close Monday 3 June 2019.

The Nib 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 partners Gertrude and Alice Bookshop and Cafe and the RSL Sub-Branches of Bondi Junction, North Bondi, and Rose Bay.

Media inquiries: Debbie McInnes, DMCPRmedia, 02 9550 9207 or Debbie@dmcpr.com.au