Chief Minister's Northern Territory History Book Award

This annual award is for the most significant historical book about the Northern Territory (NT) published in the last 12 months.

The winner will receive $1,000.

Who can enter

You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to enter the NT History Book Award.

You may nominate yourself or enter on behalf of another author if you have their permission to do so.

Books that are allowed

To apply for this award, your book must be all of the following:

  • a work on NT history
  • a work written in English or one of the First Nations languages of the NT
  • offered for general sale
  • published between 1 January and 31 December in the year before you entered the award.

After you enter

You will get an email acknowledging your entry - allow up to 7 days.

You will get an email in June if your book has been shortlisted, and you will be advised in July if you have won.


All of the following applies with the judging process:

  • the award will go to the book judged the most significant historical work on the NT
  • judges shall declare any conflict of interest
  • prize money is awarded to the winning entry at the discretion of the judges.

The judging panel is made up of industry experts from the NT History Grants and Awards Register of Peers. They have expert knowledge and understanding of NT history and experience in research, editing and writing.

The prize will be awarded to the book judged the most significant historical work in the NT.

You will not get any feedback about your entry and the judges' decision is final.

2021 winner

Bible in Buffalo Country, Oenpelli Mission, 1925-1931, by Sally K May, Laura Rademaker, Donna Nadjamerrek and Julie Narndal Gumurdul.

Read more about the winner and books shortlisted for the award on the Library and Archives Northern Territory (LANT) website.

Past winners

A full list of past winners is available on the LANT website.


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Last updated: 08 July 2022

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