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 has been announced.

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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

Books about the Tasmanian gambling industry, gender inequality in the workplace and leaving the corporate world for the not‐for‐profit sector have all been announced as contenders for the 2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize. 

The shortlist includes the following works: 

The shortlist was selected by an independent judging panel comprising of Richard Fisher AM, General Counsel and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Sydney; leading business journalist, editor and author, Narelle Hooper; and Margie Seale, a Non‐Executive Director of Telstra Corporation, Bank of Queensland and Ramsay Health Care, and former CEO of Random House Australia and New Zealand.

The winner will be announced at a special presentation dinner on 31 May 2018. 

For more information, please read our press release "Shortlist announced for Australia's most prestigious business literature prize" and 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

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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