2021 Russell Prize for Humour Writing

The Russell Prize for Humour Writing was established at the bequest of Peter Wentworth Russell to celebrate, recognise and encourage humorous writing, and to promote public interest in this genre. It is the only award to recognise the art of humour writing in Australia.

The Russell Prize for Humour Writing is awarded biennially for the work which is judged to be the best book of humour writing by an Australian author and published in the previous two years. The winner of the 2021 prize will receive $10,000.

The inaugural Children’s Award ($5,000) is offered for a work promoting humour and championing laughter. The award is aimed at primary school level readers (5-12 years).

The prizes are administered by the State Library of NSW and Foundation on behalf of the estate of the award’s benefactor Peter Wentworth Russell.

All eligible works must be first published between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020.

Entries close 5 pm, Monday 8 February 2021.

To access the online entry form, you will need to create an account by clicking on the 'register' link above.  If you already have an account, you can 'login'.

Contact: Senior Project Officer, Awards at (02) 9273 1582 or (02) 9273 1605 or awards@sl.nsw.gov.au