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The Northern Territory Literary Awards are offered annually and are administered by the Northern Territory Library. The award gives prizes for poetry, essay, short story and youth literarture. In 2008 the Charles Darwin University Bookshop joined as a new sponsor and is offering a travel short story award. Existing sponsors are Dymocks Booksellers, Charles Darwin University and the Kath Manzie Estate. Please support them in return.

As the prizes are given for mostly locally produced work they are not widely distributed, although this years winner, Ochre and Dust, can be easily tracked down as it has also won the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction. That said, the Northern Territory Library makes available the winning short stories, essays and poems in a free download. PDF form each year. They are well worth a read so please check them out as some of the work is stunning. Not sure when this years winners will be available. KJPuluru

The 2010 Northern Territory Literary Awards are bringing about a few changes to the existing formula. First, with the addition of the new award category of Darwin Festival Script Award, a prize that guarantees that a script be turned into a full-blown production for Darwin Festival – an enticing opportunity for any writer.

The application states that “the judges will be looking for a script that is vividly imagined, expertly crafted and lends itself naturally to a performance medium. The winning script will then be workshopped for a live performance at the 2010 Darwin Festival”.

Another new award is the, the Birch Carol and Coyle Screenwriting Award, awarded for a screenplay for a feature or short film or television program, “executed with technical excellence and creativity”.

The Awards will now also be held as part of the NT Writers Centre’s “Wordstorm” festival in May, becoming the opening welcome event.

The Awards, which have been running since 1984, help to recognise the Territory’s finest wordsmiths, acknowledging and celebrating the talent that our creative residents have to offer, and help to cultivate our ever-growing creative writing industry.

Entries for the 2010 NT Literary Awards close on January 31. Entry forms can be found at www.ntl.nt.gov.au.

2009 Northern Territory Literary Awards Winners

Charles Darwin University Bookshop Travel Short Story Award

Barbara Eather - Castronomy

Charles Darwin University Essay Award

Roland Dyrting – The Poinciana Woman of East Point

Dymocks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers’ Award

Ellen Maria Pocock – Time Marches On

Dymocks Arafura Short Story Award

Karen Manton – Hannah’s Bread

Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Award

Dani Powell – Sketch of This Day

Kath Manzie Youth Literary Award

Shona Welsh – Oubliette

2009 Northern Territory Literary Awards Finalists

Charles Darwin University Bookshop Travel Short Story Award

Mary Allmich – Against the Odds

Claire Marron – Journey to the Mountain: The story of Llullaillaco Boy

Rohan Wightman – Tigers and Goats

Charles Darwin University Essay Award

Mary Anne Butler – …Drowning…

Kieran Finnane – Firework

Leni Shilton – Larapinta Trail: Notes from a Journal

Dymocks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers’ Award

Joy Cardona – The Buffalo Shooter

Dymocks Arafura Short Story Award

Michael Giacometti – Encounter at Kalaykapi, circa 1880

Glenn Morrison – The Mad Woman

Natalie Sprite – This is What Love Sounds Like

Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Award

Kaye Aldenhoven – Cows, Stuart Highway

Kelly-Lee Hickey – Sustenance

Kelly-Lee Hickey – Reflux

Fred Vant Sand – Thirty Years

Kath Manzie Youth Literary Award

Rosie O’Reilly – In Fertile Wet

Oceana Pastor-Eisgood – Taj and the Creature

The joint winners of the 2009 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Awards are:

Yalangbara: art of the Djang’kawu by Banduk Marika and the Rirratjingu clan, and edited by Margie West, published by CDU Press and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
This is the first Indigenous art publication to focus upon one significant ancestral site Yalangbara (Port Bradshaw)

and

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists by Vivien Johnson
This book celebrates 50,000 years of culture, covering half a million square kilometres of country, across five deserts.

2008 Northern Territory Literary Awards Winners: Territory historian takes out top literary prize

jones_philipA TERRITORY historian has taken out the NT's top literary prize, just weeks after winning the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award.

October 6th- Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers, by Philip Jones has won the 2008 Chief Minister's NT History Book Award

The book, which traces the stories of Aboriginal artefacts when taken from their museum shelves, was also named as the Prime Minister's Literary Award non-fiction winner on September 12.ochre_and_rust_cover

As well as the History Award, prizes are given across six other categories.

Other winners were: David Curtis with What a Fright for the Dymocks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers Award, Ali Cobby Eckermann with Intervention Pay Day for the Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Award, Jennifer Mills with Plain Indians for the Dymocks Arafura Short Story Award, Anne Fitzpatrick with South-Asia by Crutch for the Charles Darwin University Bookshop Travel Short Story Award, Dael Allison with Psyche and the Crocodile for the Charles Darwin University Essay Award, and Rosanna Cameron with Caught for the Kath Manzie Youth Literary Award.

Winners List

Other finalists

About Ochre and Rust

Ochre and Rust takes Aboriginal artefacts from their museum shelves and traces their stories, revealing charged and nuanced moments of encounter in Australia’s frontier history. Philip Jones positions them at the centre of these gripping, poignant tales, transporting the reader into the heart of Australia's frontier zone.

Ochre and Rust builds incrementally, resulting in a convincing new insight into our frontier past and the motives of its characters. (Wakefield Press).

The author
Philip Jones is an historian interested in the Australian frontier and in the artistic and cultural activity engendered by it. Before writing his doctorate on the history of ethnographic collecting, he completed a law degree and majored in French history at the University of Adelaide. Appointed curator in the Anthropology Department at the South Australian Museum in 1984, he was a contributor to Peter Sutton’s seminal Dreamings: the Art of Aboriginal Australia (1988). Philip has curated a number of ethnographic and historical exhibitions, and designed the concept for the South Australian Museum’s Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.

Since 1985 he has undertaken fieldwork with Aboriginal communities in southern and central Australia. He is currently involved in a site-recording project with Aboriginal people of the Birdsville region. The contemplative and reflective strain in Ochre and Rust reflect

Other 2008 Northern Territory Award Winners

Dymocks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers’ Award 2008

David Curtis
Title of work: What a Fright

Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Award 2008

Ali Cobby Eckermann
Title of work: Intervention Pay Day

Dymocks Arafura Short Story Award 2008

Jennifer Mills
Title of work: Plain Indians

Charles Darwin University Essay Award 2008

Dael Allison
Title of work: Psyche and the Crocodile

Charlie Ward
Title of work: Bogged Policies and Barefoot Mayors (Highly Commended)

Charles Darwin University BookShop Travel Short Story Award 2008

Anne Fitzpatrick
Title of work: South-Asia by Crutch

Kath Manzie Youth Literary Award 2008

Rosanna Cameron
Title of work: Caught

2008 Northern Territory Literary Awards Finalists

Dymocks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers’ Award finalists 2008

Keisha Palmer
Title of work: A recipe for now

Veronica Pierik
Title of work: In whose best interest

David Curtis
Title of work: What a Fright

Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Award finalists 2008

Dael Allison
Title of work: Defining scarlet

Ali Cobby Eckermann
Title of work: Faiku

Ali Cobby Eckermann
Title of work: Intervention Pay Day

Michael Giacometti
Title of work: The Shooting Gallery

Michael Watts
Title of work: Unlikely Honeymoon

Helen Pavlin
Title of work: Who's Turning the Kaleidoscope?

Dymocks Arafura Short Story Award finalists 2008

Leni Shilton
Title of work: Josh's Story

Rebecca Nelson
Title of work: Min Min

Bruce Hocking
Title of work: Nell

Jennifer Mills
Title of work: Plain Indians

David Jagger
Title of work: Privacy

Charles Darwin University Essay Award finalists 2008

Jane Clancy
Title of work: The Belles of Saint Mary's: Memories of Growing up Catholic in Darwin during the Sixities.

Helen Smyth
Title of work: Bird Watching

Charlie Ward
Title of work: Bogged Policies and Barefoot Mayors

Rohan Wightman
Title of work: Darwin Dreaming

Margaret Gargan
Title of work: Finding Lorna

Dael Allison
Title of work: Psyche and the Crocodile

Charles Darwin University BookShop Travel Short Story Award finalists 2008

Barbara Eather
Title of work: It's Tea Towels for Me

Robbie Wesley
Title of work: Java Magic

Kim Aikman
Title of Work: Outside

Barbara Eather
Title of work: The Way of the Pundit

Anne Fitzpatrick
Title of work: South-Asia by Crutch

Kath Manzie Youth Literary Award finalists 2008

Abbey R. Bradhurst
Title of work: Black Friday

Rosanna Cameron
Title of work: Caught 

2007 Northern Territory Literary Awards

Link to '2007 'Northern Territory Literary Awards; short stories, essays and poems'

2007 Winners

Kath Manzie Youth Literary Award($600 prize)

Oceana Pastor-Elsegood for 'Yellow-dress girl'

Charles Darwin University Essay Award ($1000)

Nigel Turvey for 'On natural selection and the characteristic qualities of the greater number of sailors'

Dymocks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers’ Award ($1000)

Ellen Pocock for 'A question of identity'

Dymocks Arafura Short Story Award

Bruce Hocking for 'Shrink'

Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Award ($1000)

Bill Coburn for 'Kadaitcha'

2007 Northern Territory Literary Awards Finalists

Dymocks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers’ Award finalists 2007

Jack Manguji
Title of work: Free me country

Ellen Maria Pocock (Nabajin)
Title of work: A question of identity - Winner

Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Award finalists 2007

Bill Coburn
Title of work: Kadaitcha - Winner

Ali Cobby Eckermann
Title of work: One child two child wailing & wild

Jill Pettigrew
Title of work: Black cockatoos

Samantha Sabaratnam
Title of work: Metaphor on a face

Meg Mooney
Title of work: My father

Katy Harrison
Title of work: Thylacine Thylacine Thylacine

Dymocks Arafura Short Story Award finalists 2007

Carmel Williams
Title of work: The rent

Patrick Nelson
Title of work: The jelly beans’ picnic

Marion Townsend
Title of work: Footsteps

Janet Sparrow
Title of work: Wharf

Megan Jacobson
Title of work: Sunwords

Bruce Hocking
Title of work: Shrink Winner

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Charles Darwin University Essay Award finalists 2007

Nigel Turvey
Title of work: On natural selection and the characteristic qualities of the greater number of sailors

Heidi Becker
Title of work: A view of Statehood for the Northern Territory Government and its People

Leanne Taylor
Title of work: The Singaporisation of Darwin

Linda Wirf
Title of work: Cultural landscape of Mindal-ang-gwa (Mindal Beach)

Kath Manzie Youth Literary Award finalists 2007

Oceana Setaysha
Title of work: Yellow-dress girl

Kate Farrell
Title of work: Honey ant dreaming

Links to past award winner details and essays etc

2006 Northern Territories Literary Awards

2005 Northern Territory Literary Awards

2003 Northern Territory Literary Awards

Chief Minister's History Book Award (entry conditions and official site etc here)

 

note:the only titles available from our suppliers are denoted by the blue links below. Please try the publishers direct or perhaps the Charles Darwin University Bookshop or Darwin Dymocks.oliver_pam

darby-coverAward Winner and finalists 2007

Winner: Dr Pam Oliver (right)
Empty North - The Japanese Presence and Australians Reactions 1860s to 1942 published by Charles Darwin University Press


Shortlist: Liam Campbell Darby: One Hundred Years of Life in a Changing Culture

Shortlist: Glenice Yee - Through Chinese Eyes

2006

Winner
Tony Roberts, Frontier Justice: A History of the Gulf Country To 1900
University Of Queensland Press, 2005southport

Shortlist:  Marge Duminski, Southport Northern Territory 1869-2002
available from Historical Society of the Northern Territory, 2005

Shortlist:  Claire Henty-Gebert, Paint Me Black Aboriginal Studies Press, 2005

Shortlist: Pearl Ogden, People of the Victoria River Region: An Album, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2005

2005

Winner: John Mulvaney Paddy Cahill of Oenpelli

Shortlist: Kathy De La Rue The Evolution of Darwin: 1869 – 1911

Shortlist: Peter Monteath The Diary of Emily Caroline Creaghe: explorer

2004
Winner: David Bridgman, Acclimatisation: Architecture at the Top End of Australia

Shortlist: Geraldine Byrne, Tom and Jack: A Frontier Story

Ivan Jordan
Shortlist: Their way: Towards an Indigenous Warlpiri Christianity

Shortlist: Brian Reid, The Menzies School of Health Research: Establishment, 1978-1997

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