Sponsorship Ashurst Business Literature Prize

The Ashurst Business Literature Prize is acknowledged as Australia's most important award for business writing. Michael Traill has won the 2017 Prize for his debut book "Jumping Ship: From the World of Corporate Australia to the Heart of Social Investment".

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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 – winner announced

We are pleased to reveal the winner of this year's Ashurst Business Literature Prize is Michael Traill for his debut book Jumping Ship: From the World of Corporate Australia to the Heart of Social Investment.

L to R: Paul Jenkins (Ashurst global managing partner), Anita Cade (office managing partner for Ashurst Sydney), author Michael Traill, Andy Vesey (managing director and chief executive officer of AGL) and Phil Breden (Ashurst head of region – Australia).

Please read our news release for more details.

​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

Previous winners

  • 2016

    Catherine Bishop

  • 2016
  • 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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