About the Kibble Literary Awards
The Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers recognise the works of women writers who have published fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, literature and any writing with a strong personal element.
The object of the Awards is to encourage Australian women writers to improve and advance Australian literature for the benefit of the community.
Two awards are made each year, the Kibble Literary Award and the Dobbie Literary Award, which are known by writers, publishers and the wider literary community as an exciting feature on the annual calendar of women's writing.
The Kibble Literary Award, currently valued at $30,000, recognises the work of an established Australian woman writer.
The Dobbie Literary Award, currently valued at $5,000, recognises a first published work from an Australian woman writer.
The Kibble Awards shortlist and winners are decided by an expert judging panel consisting of:
- Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby AM held the Chair of Australian Literature at Sydney University from 1990 to 2007. She currently serves as the Editor of Humanities Australia, the journal of the Australia Academy of the Humanities.
- Ms Maggie Patton is Manager of Original Materials at the State Library of New South Wales.
- Dr Rosie Scott is an internationally published novelist, who has had a long and successful literary career including nine critically-acclaimed books all of which have been anthologised extensively in Australia and internationally.
Find out how to apply.