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The Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History

The Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History is a biennial book award established to commemorate the contribution of Dick and Joan Green to Tasmanian culture and history.

The award recognises high quality published work that makes a significant contribution to an understanding of Tasmania’s past and seeks to celebrate and promote books on Tasmanian history and cultural heritage, including biographies.

The award will honour the achievement of authors researching Tasmanian history and cultural heritage, and who contribute to the knowledge of and interest in Tasmanian history and cultural heritage and draw national attention to the achievements of authors on Tasmanian history and cultural heritage.

The award is offered biennially. The first award eligibility period was from 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2017, and the second award eligibility period is from 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2019.



The award is open to all authors who publish books of original research on Tasmanian history, including cultural heritage, and no institutional affiliation is required. However, entries from University of Tasmania staff, students and alumni are strongly encouraged.

The eligibility criteria are:

1. All books must be in English. Bilingual editions where one of the languages used is English are also eligible.

2. There is no residency restriction, but all books must be predominantly on Tasmanian history or historical fiction that draws on Tasmanian history for its subject matter.

3. These awards are for books first made available to the public during the eligibility period. The following guidelines define this:

A) Eligible books will be those first published in English between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2019, and offered for sale to Australian readers between these dates.

B) Ineligible books include short stories, other than in a published collection by a single author; single poems published in anthologies or literary journals.

C) Books will not be eligible if a significant proportion has been previously published in book form. Judges are asked primarily to assess new work based on original research. To this end it is the responsibility of the publisher or nominator to clearly identify such material.

D) Ebooks are eligible for the awards if this is the book’s original publication format.

E) Self-published books are eligible for this award, but must have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and be available to the general public via more than one distribution channel.

F) The book does not have to be published in Tasmania.

G) Books developed specifically for curriculum material, textbooks or children’s books are ineligible.

H) For the purposes of this award, Tasmanian history and cultural heritage has a cut off period of the year 2000. Any published book that covers the period from pre-European Indigenous history to the year 2000 is eligible.

4. ‘Authorship’ must fit the definition as outlined below:

"Authorship for the purposes of this award is defined as:

A) Only books by no more than two authors are eligible. Co-authorship is defined here as meaning joint responsibility by no more than two authors for the entire text. It is the responsibility of the nominator to correctly acknowledge joint authorship, where applicable. Both authors must agree to be nominated.

B) Books of multiple authorship, including edited collections, and anthologies, are not eligible for nomination and may not be entered under the name of one of the authors, or of the editor.

C) The nominated book must be the author’s own work.

D) Transcripts of oral histories are ineligible. Historical books based on oral histories are eligible where the author claims artistic responsibility for a substantial part of the text.

E) Translated texts and pamphlet publications are rendered ineligible for the award.

F) Books consisting principally of images, pictures, photographs or illustrations will be ineligible unless the accompanying text is of substantial length and fully referenced.

G) Revised editions are ineligible.

H) Books may not be entered in the name of a committee.




Entries open on 1 July 2019 and close on 6 September 2019.

Nomination forms and copies of the nominated books for the second awards must be received by the Prizes Office by 5.00pm Friday 6 September 2019.

Entrants are required to each pay an entry fee of $75 per entry, including GST. Payments can be made online via

The longlist was announced on 2 March 2020. Details available at

The shortlist was announced on 4 May 2020. Details available at

The winner was announced 30 June 2020. Details available at

Further information will be provided when entries open. Please contact the University of Tasmania Prizes Office for further information - or phone (03) 6226 1076