Entries now open for 2020 NT Literary Awards

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Territory writers are encouraged to enter the 2020 Northern Territory Literary Awards for a chance to win cash prizes plus annual memberships and masterclasses with NT Writers’ Centre.

Established in 1983 to promote the importance of literature and celebrate the achievements of writers across the Northern Territory, the Awards are part Library & Archives NT’s public programming focusing on the achievements of our writers, storytellers and prominent Territorians.

Kindly supported by long-term sponsors, the official categories and prizes for the 2020 Northern Territory Literary Awards are:

Browns Mart Theatre Award

  • Theatre script with a performance time of more than 30 minutes.
  • $1,000 plus NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass

Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award

  • A factually-accurate work written with attention to literary style and technique up to 3,000 words
  • $500 plus NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass

Charles Darwin University Essay Award

  • A referenced academic essay on a topic relating to the Northern Territory with a word limit of 3,000 words
  • $1000 plus NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass

Flash Fiction Award

  • A blog post, fan fiction, short story, fictional diary entry or fictional letter up to 500 words, limited to three entries per person
  • $600 plus NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass

Kath Manzie Youth Award

  • An original work of short fiction or a single poem by a person aged 12 to 18 years as of 1 January 2020. Up to three poetry entries per person with a 300 line limit or a short story up to 3,000 words
  • $600 plus NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass

NT Writers’ Centre Poetry Award

  • A single poem up to 300 lines, limited to three entries per person
  • $1,000 plus NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass

ZipPrint Short Story Award

  • An original work of short fiction - up to 3000 words
  • $1,000 plus NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass

All writers across the Territory, young and old, emerging or established, are encouraged to enter the 2020 Northern Territory Literary Awards.

Entries are now open and close 1 June 2020. For more information and to apply click here.