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Sponsorship Ashurst Business Literature Prize

The Ashurst Business Literature Prize is acknowledged as Australia's most important award for business writing. Entries for the 2017 prize are now closed and the shortlist will be announced in early 2018.

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The Ashurst Business Literature Prize is an annual award established to encourage and recognise the highest standards of literary commentary on Australian business and financial affairs.

Launched in 2004 by Ashurst Australia and the State Library of New South Wales, the Prize aims to promote the highest standards in business writing targeted at the general reader.

The A$30,000 prize is now acknowledged as being Australia's most important award for business writing. The range of subjects covered by the prize includes corporate and commercial literature, histories, accounts and analyses of corporate affairs as well as biographies of business people.

The Ashurst Business Literature Prize aims to:

  • Encourage business and finance writing and commentary of the highest quality; writing that brings with it the richness that can come from detailed research
  • Stimulate those writers with a knowledge of Australia's business life and to encourage their continued production of insightful, well researched books that can be easily digested by the general reader
  • Enable all Australians and the general reader to be better informed about Australia's commercial life and its participants
  • Add another dimension to Australia's intellectual and cultural life

"This prize has become one of the most significant in Australia, and we at the State Library are delighted to be able to support it.” Dr John Vallance, NSW State Librarian.

The 2017 Prize

The 2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize will be judged by an independent panel consisting of Richard Fisher AM, who has been a General Counsel at the University of Sydney and is an Adjunct Professor in the University's Faculty of Law; Narelle Hooper, who has spent 20 years as a business journalist and editor at Australia's leading media groups; and Margaret (Margie) Seale, who is a Non Executive Director with current directorships at Telstra Corporation Limited and Bank of Queensland Limited, Ramsay Health Care Limited. 

Eligible books must have been first published between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, and have been commercially available in Australia within this period. 

For more information, please see the Ashurst Business Literature 2017 Guidelines

​The Ashurst Business Literature Prize has recognised some of Australia’s finest writers who have canvassed a diverse range of business and financial topics that affect all Australians. Phil Breden, Regional Head, Australia
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2016 winner

In her debut book "Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney", Dr Catherine Bishop sheds light on the trailblazing colonial women – previously hidden in historical record - who paved the way for women in corporate life in Australia today.

Business literature prize winner 2016

Previous winners

  • 2015

    Stuart Kells

  • 2015
  • 2014

    Andrew Burrell

  • 2014
  • 2013

    Malcolm Sykes

  • 2013
  • 2012

    Peter Hartcher

  • 2012
  • 2011

    Trevor Sykes

  • 2011
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Prize guidelines

See the Ashurst Business Literature Prize guidelines.

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