Search is on for NT’s best history book

NT Government

3 March 2022

The search is on for the Territory’s best history book with submissions for the annual Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award now open.

The Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award 2022 celebrates the most significant book about the history of the Northern Territory published in 2021.

Last year’s winner was The Bible in Buffalo Country: Oenpelli Mission 1925-1931 by Sally May, Laura Rademaker, Donna Nadjamerrek, Julie Narndal Gumurdul

Entries are open until midnight, Monday 11 April 2022.

Submission criteria for the Award require books to be a work on NT history, written in English or one of the First Nations languages of the Northern Territory, offered for general sale, and published between 1 January and 31 December 2021.

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

The shortlist will be announced in June with the winner announced at the Award Ceremony in July. Prize money is $1000.

To enter, go to: here.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chansey Paech:

“Our Government proudly encourages Territorians to document stories about our rich and varied past, and this Award acknowledges the best of the best.

“This Chief Minister’s NT History Book Award opens up new opportunities for the winning author and encourages other storytellers to document our history.

“I know there have been a number of quality history books published in the Territory last year so I’m expecting this Award will be keenly contested.”

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