Northern Territory Literary Awards

The annual Northern Territory Literary Awards celebrate the long tradition of writing and storytelling in the Northern Territory. 

The annual Northern Territory Literary Awards have celebrated the unpublished work of Northern Territory writers for more than 35 years. It is part of a special program of annual events at the Northern Territory Library that celebrate the achievements of established and emerging writers, storytellers and prominent Territorians.

Whether established or emerging, all writers from across the Northern Territory are encouraged to enter unpublished work for a chance to win cash prizes, free memberships and masterclasses.

Award winners posing with certificates

Key dates

  • Entries open in March each year and close in April.
  • Shortlisted entries are announced in June each year. 
  • Winners will be announced at a ceremony held in July.

Terms and Conditions and Submission 

The Terms and Conditions and the Submission Form are available through an online entry system.

Categories

Category Eligibility Prize
Browns Mart Theatre Award Browns Mart Theatre Award $1,000, an 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 3000 words  $500, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass
Charles Darwin University Creative Essay Award A referenced academic essay on a topic relating to the Northern Territory with a word limit of 3000 words $1000 prize and a 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, an 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 on first of January for year of entry. Up to three poetry entries per person with a 300-line limit or a short story up to 3000 words 
 
$600, an 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, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass
ZipPrint Short Story Award  An original work of short fiction up to 3000 words $1,000, an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass