The Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards

Started by the NT Writers’ Centre in 2009, and originally called Territory Read, the Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards have celebrated excellence amongst published authors residing in the NT for over a decade.
With generous support from the Chief Minister these awards have developed into the premier prize for authors in the NT.
The 2020 award ceremony was held online in May and can be viewed here.
The awards will take place again in 2022, for books published by NT authors in 2020 and 2021. Entries open December 2021.

Previous Winners of the Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards


Walking With Camels – The Story of Bertha Strehlow by Leni Shilton (Best Fiction)
Stranger Country by Monica Tan (Best Nonfiction)
A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg  (Best YA/Children’s)


Broken by Mary Anne Butler (Book of Year)
Living in Hope by Frank Byrne with Franny Coughlan & Gerard Waterford (Best Nonfiction)
Too Many Cheeky Dogs by Johanna Bell & Dion Beasley (Best YA/Children’s)


Nona and Me by Clare Atkins, &, Highway of Lost Hearts by Mary Anne Butler (Joint winners, Book of the Year)
Tambora Travels to Sumbawa and the Mountain That Changed the World by Derek Pugh (Best Nonfiction)
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald (Best YA/Children’s)



One Thousand Cuts by Rod Moss (Book of the Year)
The Long Weekend in Alice Springs by Craig San Roque and Joshua Santospirito (Best Nonfiction)
Barry Jonsberg: My Life as an Alphabet (Best YA/Children’s)


Northern Voyagersby Alan Powell (Book of the Year & Best Nonfiction)
Savannah Dreams by Lolia Stewart and Elaine Russell (Best YA/Children’s)


The Hard Light of Day by Rod Moss. (Book of Year)

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – what it means to be an Aboriginal person, Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM (Best Nonfiction)

Twinkle by Nick Bland (Best YA/Children’s)


Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkara (Book of the Year)
The Red Highway by Nicholas Rothwell (Best Nonfiction)
The Devil You Know by Leonie Norrington (Best YA/Children’s)



An Intruder’s Guide to Arnhem Land by Andrew McMillan (Book of the Year)