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The NT Literary Awards of 2023 are now open!

The annual Northern Territory Literary Awards have celebrated the unpublished work of Northern Territory writers for more than 35 years.

Entries to all categories in the 2023 Northern Territory Literary Awards will open Monday 13 March 2023 and close at midnight on Monday 15 May 2023.


Brown’s Mart Theatre Award
Theatre script with a performance time of more than 30 minutes

Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award
A factually-accurate work written with attention to literary style and technique up to 3,000 words

Charles Darwin University Essay Award
A referenced academic essay on a topic relating to the Northern Territory with a word limit of 3,000 words

Flash Fiction Award
A blog post, fan fiction, short story, fictional diary entry or fictional letter up to 500 words, limited to three entries per person

Kath Manzie Youth Award
An original work of short fiction or up to three separate poetry entries by a person aged 12 to 18 years on first of January for year of entry. Poems have a 300-line limit and short stories up to 3,000 words.

NT Writers’ Centre Poetry Award
A single poem up to 300 lines, limited to three entries per person

Zip Print Short Story Award
An original work of short fiction up to 3,000 words