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The annual Northern Territory Literary Awards have celebrated the unpublished work of Northern Territory writers for more than 35 years.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 Library & Archives NT 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Whether established or emerging, all writers from across the Northern Territory are encouraged to enter unpublished work for a chance to win cash prizes, free memberships and masterclasses.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 for 2023

  • Entries open Monday 27 February 2023
  • Entries close Monday 15 May 2023 
  • Shortlisted entries announced by end of July 2023 
  • Winners announced at the Awards Ceremony in September 2023.

Terms and Conditions and Submission 

Submission Forms are available through our online entry system. Click through to view the Terms and Conditions.

Categories

Category Prize
Brown's Mart Theatre AwardTheatre script with a performance time of more than 30 minutes$1,000 prize and an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass, and a double pass to the 2024 Brown's Mart season.
Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction AwardA factually-accurate work written with attention to literary style and technique up to 3,000 words $500 prize and an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass, and a double pass to the 2024 Brown's Mart season.
Charles Darwin University Essay AwardA referenced academic essay on a topic relating to the Northern Territory with a word limit of 3,000 words$1,000 prize and an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass, and a double pass to the 2024 Brown's Mart season.
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 prize and an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass, and a double pass to the 2024 Brown's Mart season.
Kath Manzie Youth AwardAn 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 3,000 words 
 
$600 prize and an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass, and a double pass to the 2024 Brown's Mart season.
NT Writers’ Centre Poetry Award A single poem up to 300 lines, limited to three entries per person$1,000 prize and an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass, and a double pass to the 2024 Brown's Mart season.
Zip Print Short Story Award An original work of short fiction up to 3,000 words$1,000 prize and an NT Writers’ Centre membership and masterclass, and a double pass to the 2024 Brown's Mart season.