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Nib Literary Award

The Nib Literary Award, established in 2002 at the suggestion of actor and producer Chris Haywood, the Patron of the Friends of Waverley Library, as The Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature and since 2017 known as Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature (or Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award),[1] is an Australian literary award for works in any genre, awarded annually at Waverley Library in Sydney. It is also known as 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature.[2]

Organised and supported by Waverley Council, the award recognises "excellence in literary research", and books in any genre and either non-fiction or fiction are considered for it. There are cash prizes for the winning and shortlisted books, with each of the shortlisted authors also earning the Alex Buzo Prize.[2]

In 2017, the Nib was renamed the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature, and three new categories were added: the People's Choice, the Alex Buzo shortlist prize, and a Military History Prize.[2]

In the 2019 Awards, there was a prize pool of A$30,000: the main award A$20,000, the Nib Military History Prize A$3,000, Nib People's Choice Prize A$1,000 and the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize, six prizes of A$1,000 each. The main sponsors were Mark and Evette Moran of Vaucluse.[1]


Year Name Title Publisher Notes
2002 Tim Low The New Nature Penguin [3]
2003 Barry Hill Broken Song: T. G. H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession Penguin [3]
2004 Geoffrey Blaney Black Kettle and Full Moon Penguin [3]
2005 Helen Garner Joe Cinque's Consolation Pan Macmillan [3]
2006 Gideon Haigh Asbestos House: The Secret History of James Hardie Industries Scribe [3]
2007 John Bailey Mr. Stuart's Track: The Forgotten Life of Australia's Greatest Explorer Pan Macmillan [3]
2008 Christopher Koch The Memory Room Penguin [3]
2009 Robert Gray The Land I Came Through Last Giramondo [3]
2010 Andrew Tink William Charles Wentworth: Australia's Greatest Native Son Allen & Unwin [4]
2011 Delia Falconer Sydney NewSouth [5]
2012 Jane Gleeson-White Double Entry Allen & Unwin [6]
2013 Gideon Haigh On Warne Hamish Hamilton [7]
2014 Clare Wright The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka Text [8]
2015 Erik Jensen Acute Misfortune Black Inc. [9]
2016 Rachel Landers Who Bombed the Hilton? NewSouth [10]
2017 Kate Cole-Adams Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness Text [11]
2018 Helen Lewis The Dead Still Cry Out Text [12]
2019 Nadia Wheatley Her Mother's Daughter Text [13]
2020 Rebecca Giggs Fathoms Scribe [14]
2021 Luke Stegemann Amnesia Road: Landscape, violence and memory NewSouth [15]
2022 Delia Falconer Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a time of beauty and loss Scribner [16]
2023 Alison Bashford An Intimate History of Evolution: The story of the Huxley family Allen Lane [17]


  1. ^ a b "Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award". Waverley Council. 25 April 2020. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature". AustLit: Discover Australian Stories. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Waverly Council. "Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award Previous Winners 2002 to 2017" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Tink wins 2010 CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature". Books+Publishing. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Falconer wins 2011 CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature". Books+Publishing. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Gleeson-White wins 2012 Waverley Library Award for Literature". Books+Publishing. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Haigh wins Waverley Library Award 2013". Books+Publishing. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Wright wins 2014 Waverley Library Award". Books+Publishing. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Jensen wins 2015 Waverley Library Award". Books+Publishing. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Landers wins 2016 Waverley Library Award". Books+Publishing. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  11. ^ "'Anaesthesia' wins 2017 Waverley Library Award". Books+Publishing. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  12. ^ "'The Dead Still Cry Out' wins Nib Literary Award". Books+Publishing. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  13. ^ "'Her Mother's Daughter' wins Nib Literary Award". Books+Publishing. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  14. ^ "'Fathoms' wins Nib Literary Award". Books+Publishing. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  15. ^ "'Amnesia Road wins 2021 Nib Literary Award". Books+Publishing. 25 November 2021. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  16. ^ "'Signs and Wonders' wins 2022 Nib Literary Award". Books+Publishing. 17 November 2022. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  17. ^ "Bashford wins 2023 Nib Literary Award". Books+Publishing. 10 November 2023. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
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